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.
Economics and Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
Principles of Industrial Biotechnology
Research Project Proposal
MSc Dissertation (Biotechnology).
Biochemistry A & B
Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
Environmental Gene-Mining and Metagenomics
Enzymology and Biological Production
Gene Expression and Microbial Regulation
Industry & Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
Practical Skills in Biochemistry A & B
Programming for the Life Sciences
Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology
Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Vaccines and Molecular Therapies
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.