Algal Biotechnology and Bioeconomy MSc


Online University of the Highlands and Islands    Science, Health and Engineering

Full time September PGCert, PGDip, MSc 1 year
Biological Sciences (4)

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Embark on a transformative journey with the Algal Biotechnology and Bioeconomy MSc programme at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Dive into the realm of algal biotechnology, exploring the vast potential of these diverse organisms. Learn from leading experts in the field and engage in theory and practical sessions, including unique residential experiences. Benefit from small class sizes and networking opportunities across courses and modules in the stunning highlands and islands of Scotland. This programme equips you with the skills and knowledge to excel in the rapidly expanding field of algal biotechnology, with applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to biofuels. The hands-on approach includes training with state-of-the-art equipment and opportunities for research abroad. Upon completion, you can pursue careers in algae cultivation, start your own venture, or delve into scientific research. Join us if you hold a 2:2 honours degree or above in a relevant STEM subject, with other degree routes considered. Take the first step towards a rewarding career in algal biotechnology!

About the course

Algal biotechnology is a rapidly expanding discipline that seeks to understand and harness the resources of some of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet.

Algae are comprised of microscopic photosynthetic organisms and macroscopic seaweeds, and are key to human life on earth, producing much of the oxygen that we breathe and underpinning the base of freshwater and marine food chains. Furthermore, algae and their natural products have a huge range of current and potential applications for humans: developing applications include pharmaceuticals, pigments, nutraceuticals, biofuels, enzymes, fertilisers, and bioremediation materials, on earth and even for space applications.

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Entry Requirements

2:2 honours degree or above in a relevant biological or other biology- related STEM subject
Other degree routes, third or ordinary degrees will be considered on application and based on interview
Applicants whose first language is not English must also have a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent – please see our English Language requirements guide for further details
All applicants will be required to attend an interview


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