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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2019

Course content

Do you want to focus your scientific career on one of the fastest moving sectors of science? The UK has hundreds of biotech companies and is a leader in innovating specialist products from living organisms. Biotech applications are enhancing food production, treating medical conditions, and having a significant impact on the global future.

Given the common expectation for job candidates to have some form of postgraduate qualification, this Masters course offers a route to careers in biotechnology as well as the broader life sciences industry. If your first degree included the study of genetics and molecular biology, and a research module, you’re well-placed to join us.

Modules and Learning

We aim for interactive teaching sessions and you will engage in discussions, problem-solving exercises and other activities.

Teaching can start in the lab or classroom and then you make the material your own by exploring and applying it. Technology Enhanced Learning makes this easier; each module has an electronic blackboard site with relevant information including electronic reading lists and access to websites, videos and other study materials that are available anytime, anywhere.

You will undertake assignments within small groups and we provide training in communication skills relevant for scientific communication. The course aims to foster your ability to work at a professional standard both individually and as part of a team.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

Additional Costs

Throughout your course you will be expected to print out some course materials, such as workbooks for laboratory sessions and tutorials. Individual printing costs vary greatly depending on how much you wish to print out and whether you choose colour or black and white printing. The cost of printing will therefore be in the region of £50. The core texts for this programme are available in the University library, there is an option to purchase additional books. The costs associated with these purchases are approximately £100 - £200.

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Your Future

The biotech industry has made huge progress in the last few decades and the years ahead promise to be even more transformational.

With an MSc Biotechnology, you will be ready to contribute to the changes ahead through a rigorous scientific approach and your grasp of the fundamental knowledge, insights and skills that underlie modern biotechnology.

Scientific research is at the heart of the course and you will strengthen pivotal skills that will enhance your employability in any research-rich environment. By developing the practices, standards and principles relevant to becoming a bioscience professional, you will also prepare yourself for success in other sectors of the life sciences industry and beyond.


Visit the Biotechnology MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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