Biotechnology is the use of living organisms or their systems, to make products of value. It is a fundamental area of applied science that covers a diverse range of specialist fields necessary to take biological and medical knowledge from a discovery to a marketable product.
The Master of Biotechnology is designed to provide a higher level of specialised scientific learning together with executive skills training and options in business, communications and management. This degree provides the flexibility to choose from a range of electives to complement your specific interests and focus.
The University of Melbourne is a hub for biotechnology research, and draws on high profile, active researchers to teach into the course. Not only will you be taught by world leaders in biotechnology, you will also benefit from:
The Master of Biotechnology is affiliated as a Professional Science Masters (PSM) program with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).
The PSM degree is a distinctive advanced degree for those intending to pursue a career in the practice of science. PSM programs prepare graduates for high-level careers in science that have a strong emphasis on such skill areas as management, policy, entrepreneurship.
Upon completion of this course, students should have:
Biotechnology is applied in many industries and fields of research, such as in modern medicine and pharmaceuticals (producing antibiotics, creating vaccines), animal breeding (DNA profiling and cloning), and food science (producing more nutritious food, and/or genetically modified food).
As a graduate, you may find a rewarding career in:
Changing demographics and growing demand for food, fuel and agricultural and environmental sustainability are among the key challenges the world faces today.
In this MSc you will learn research and development skills to enable the creation of new products and services. You will investigate the economic basis for current biotechnology structures and areas of future demand, including the global pharmaceutical industry and carbon sequestration.
You will learn how technology can be applied to solve pressing real-world biological problems and gain the skills and expertise needed for future developments in biotechnology.
This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project or industrial placement, leading to a dissertation.
Research and laboratory work
There will be a considerable practical element to the programme. You will work in a biotechnology laboratory and learn how experimental technology is designed and operated.
Your dissertation can be based on a laboratory-based project or an industrial placement. You can work with employers in the thriving Scottish biotechnology sector in areas such as multiple sclerosis research (Aquila BioMedical), vaccines research (BigDNA) or biorecovery and bioregeneration (Recyclatec).
The programme will open up a wide variety of career opportunities, ranging from sales and marketing, to research and development, to manufacturing and quality control and assurance.
This academically challenging and career-developing programme focuses on research and development using biological and chemical principles and systems to create new products, services and industries.
You will employ elements of the developing field of synthetic biology to bring about significant changes and major innovations that address the challenges of rapidly changing human demographics, resource shortages, energy economy transition and the concomitant growth in demand for more and healthier food, sustainable fuel cycles, and a cleaner environment.
You will learn through a variety of activities, including:
You will attend problem-based tutorial sessions and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor or programme director.
You will carry out research at the frontier of knowledge and can make a genuine contribution to the progress of original research. This involves carrying out project work in a research laboratory, reviewing relevant papers, analysing data, writing reports and giving presentations.
By the end of the programme you will have gained:
You will enhance your career prospects by acquiring current, marketable knowledge and developing advanced analytical and presentational skills, within the social and intellectual sphere of a leading European university.
The School of Biological Sciences offers a research-rich environment in which you can develop as a scientist and entrepreneur.
This MSc will provide students with the skills and knowledge to allow them to participate effectively in the creation and growth of high-impact pharmaceutical business ventures. Its graduates will be ideally positioned to initiate their own start-up companies or join existing biotech or pharmaceutical businesses.
Students will learn how to develop and assess a new business concept, and how to raise finance for and market a business and its outputs. They will build their scientific skill set by exploring four scientific research areas in pharmaceutics, and will interact closely with and be mentored by those who have direct experience of initiating a start-up business.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), a scientific research project (30 credits) and a business case development project (30 credits).
Students select three optional modules in term one (from a choice of four), and a further optional module (from a choice of five) in term two.
Students undertake two projects which culminate in two written reports and oral presentations. One is a short laboratory research project, while the second involves the development of a business case for a new pharmaceutical endeavour.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions, as well as industrial visits. Assessment is through a combination of written examinations, coursework assignments and project work.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates from this MSc find work in various areas of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. They are fully equipped with the skills to start their own businesses, and can approach UCL Innovation and Enterprise to assist with this if desired. Alternatively, they may join small biotech or major pharmaceutical companies, pursue further research in academia, work in consulting, or join world-leading technology companies where there is increasing emphasis on healthcare and the life sciences. For instance, recent graduates have undertaken PhD research at the University of Cambridge or found work with start-ups such as Intract Pharma.
Employability skills are embedded in the programme, with emphasis placed on the development of "soft" skills and a series of workshop sessions organised on CV writing, undertaking interviews, and networking. We make extensive efforts to provide opportunities for students to meet with potential employers. Students from this MSc are highly competitive in the global jobs market.
This programme is unique in equipping students with a broad skill set in both medicines design and entrepreneurship. It is delivered by world-leading academics in both the UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL School of Management.
UCL staff with direct experience of launching a pharmaceutical start-up will teach students best practice and how to overcome the major challenges involved in enterprises of this kind.
UCL’s central London location combines state-of-the-art research with an entrepreneurial dynamic that fosters start-up creation, and provides access to venture capitalists, business angels, and world-leading pharmaceutical companies. UCL Innovation and Enterprise, UCL’s centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction, offers UCL students direct practical support in launching a business.