Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #175 (WUR) ,
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.


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

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

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

  • International Applies to you

    17935 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17935 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6750 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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