Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
Our MSc is for students from a variety of backgrounds with varied levels of biotechnology experience. You will develop an understanding of contemporary molecular biology and biotechnology principles and practices. You will also gain the skills and knowledge base required for employment in the biotechnology industry.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


This course covers the scientific principles needed to give you an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology. It helps you to develop generic practical skills in:
  • handling micro-organisms
  • molecular biological techniques
  • data analysis
You will examine:
  • the production of novel biological compounds
  • the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants
  • the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products
  • use and exploitation of genetically modified organisms (GMO)
The course also explores areas of related interest in biotechnology, such as:
  • bioethics
  • regulatory affairs
  • the role of intellectual property and commercialisation

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules

  • BIO8043 Practical Techniques in Molecular Biology
  • BIO8044 Gene Technology
  • BIO8045 Genetically Engineered Organisms: Food, Pharmaceutical and Industrial Sectors
  • BIO8046 Applied Bioinformatics
  • BIO8096 MSc Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology Thesis
  • CME8020 Modelling and Control in Bioprocess Systems

Optional modules

You will take a further 20 credits from the following:

  • BIO8009 Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO8010 Bioremediation
  • BIO8041 Antimicrobial Drug Discovery
  • BIO8047 Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
  • BIO8052 Introductory Quantitative Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as:
  • biology
  • biotechnology
  • bioscience
  • biological sciences
  • pharmacy
International students

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 17935 International
  • GBP 6750 EU/EEA


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