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Full time September MSc 1 year full-time

About the course

The Biotechnology MSc within the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) provides you with key skills, specialist knowledge and essential training for a career in industrial or academic bioscience. Increasingly, biotechnology companies are recruiting Master’s students with specialised skills to perform jobs previously the reserve of Doctorate level

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Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) or better in biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, applied biology, biological sciences or closely related discipline. European and International applicants can find their grade equivalence on our comparability page. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.


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Joe Freemantle
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Following my BSc in Biology I pursued an MSc in Biotechnology at Aberystwyth University. I developed a wide range of practical lab skills, built industrial networks and since the conclusion of the scheme have had continued support from IBERS’ scientists. Six months since my course finished I am the CTO/ founder of a start-up company that is looking to develop novel solutions for the recycling of absorbent hygiene products and through my connection with Aberystwyth University have been featured on the BBC for these efforts. Studying with and receiving support from, IBERS, Aberystwyth has definitely helped me to develop the capabilities required for a start-up venture. I am grateful to Aberystwyth University for giving me the tool set which I will use throughout my career and would highly recommend this MSc to anyone with an interest in Biotechnology. Joe

David Walker

PhD student Aberystwyth University

The course gave me an excellent broad overview of two key industries for now and in the future. Coming from an agricultural background I enjoyed learning how biotechnology was evolving to ensure a future where petrochemicals were not required to generate the technology and products we rely on so heavily. The combination of this with learning how business is run and how to start your own company and pitch ideas to funders is an invaluable skill I hope to use in the near future. The skills and knowledge I developed from this course allowed me to be awarded a European PhD studentship to research ways to create products in environmentally sustainable ways whilst also bridging the gap between academia and industry. The multidisciplinary nature of this MSc course enhances your employment prospects and increases your awareness of how research can be spun out to create a business or how to collaborate with existing businesses and enrich their product portfolio.

Louise Radley

I really enjoyed my course in 2013-2014.

The course was an excitingly-led year, covering a wide area of biotechnology, and product development from the field, to the laboratory to the commercial end.

The business side of the course surpassed expectations and helped bridge the gap between understanding research as a commercial product, and the importance of developing science with Impact.

The course helped me create connections with a wide variety of scientists at the University, leading to a University funded PhD in crop genetics, and the entire class formed a close friendship due to the wide range of activities and modules. "

Urzula Pytem

I am satisfied I was able to study in the field of biotechnology. The greatest value of studying at Aberystwyth University was the opportunity to meet specialists from the Biotechnology industry as well as professionals dealing with consulting and personal improvement (improvement e.g. in presentations). As an advantage of the course I can indicate a wide range of activities that give an overall view of the aspects of doing business. Lectures also contributed to my positive course evaluation, which were conducted in a matter-of-fact and professional manner. By attending classes, I realized the future of this field of science and the broad development perspectives it presents to me. After graduation, having an idea for a business (the scope can be wide, because you can improve and modify something e.g. GMOs), it is possible to set up your own business. In addition to scientific work, there is a chance to gain employment in industrial plants, in the dairy, pharmaceutical and brewing industries.

Ben Butler

Deciding to take the MSc in Biotechnology has been the best decision I feel I could have made after finishing my BSc. My original motivation for taking the course was to pursue a Biotech business idea I had, in order to do a dedicated dissertation on the topic and expose myself to the industry in general. The course was well structured and included a wide range of topics within biotechnology, from academic to business. The lectures and seminars promote the synthesis of recent scientific research and self-study, typically with the chance to explain findings to peers, increasing my ability to both communicate and learn from other students. This was an important transferable skill for me and indeed useful regardless of the post-MSc plan of the individual. The tutors are active within their respective fields and the course leader was very involved in the progress of the students; help was given to me regarding business pitch competitions which weren’t a part of the course for example. The engagement of relevant and interested tutors meant that my interests could be pursued, and I was exposed to areas of biology that I hadn’t considered previously, but were of great interest. There are also several study trips, included in the course fee, which offer direct insight into the industry and also a chance to build links with potential employers. I would recommend this MSc to any student who wants to develop a solid understanding of the global biotechnology field, whether they intend to go into business themselves, work in the industry or remain in academia.

Julia

The modules in the Biotechnology MSc provided a brilliant insight into a variety of sectors, through a series of interesting lectures and tutorials and although my interests originally lay with plants I found myself fascinated by the creative uses of different bio-organisms and processes in industry. I loved having the opportunity to do independent research into topics that piqued my interest, and develop my own ideas. I found the business module to be unlike anything I had done before - it gave an insight into a different side of doing research which I think will be beneficial to me in the future.
This was all done in a really encouraging atmosphere where I didn't feel afraid to ask questions, and all of the staff involved were always easily accessible and happy to help.
I am currently a trainee manager at a plant nursery; I believe the Biotechnology course gave me the confidence in my own ideas necessary for my interview, as well as for assisting the nursery in implementing new systems and improving to become more environmentally friendly and efficient in the future.
I recommend the course to anyone either interested in the biotechnology sector or unsure about their future aspirations and looking to develop their interests further.

Oliver

I would highly recommend the MSc Biotechnology at Aberystwyth University. The course offers a multidisciplinary approach into plant-based biotechnology in which students from many BSc backgrounds can thrive. Indeed, the varied backgrounds of my colleagues were one of the greatest boons of the course as our respective backgrounds in plant science, genetics, and graphic design allowed us to use one another as resources to conquer our work from different angles. This course opens you to a wide array of opportunities in the field, from bioreactor design to crop engineering; not only in academic science but in the industrial sector as well. Many of the modules feature a myriad of experts who come to explain their niche and how they operate. Even though I came with a specific facet I wanted to learn more about, I cannot think of a single module that hasn’t imparted me with critical information or skills I continue to use. An emphasis is placed on invaluable skills for any working scientist. Such as good experimental design, how to write a funding application, how to communicate science accurately to a lay-audience, and how to present effectively. I have found these skills immensely useful as various job, and PhD, applications I have completed since have required me to design an experiment and present it succinctly. I am now on a PhD expanding on the work I did during my dissertation at Aberystwyth. If you are interested in this scientific space this course I definitely for you. It all ties together very comprehensively and the course coordinator, Gordon, is such a delight to work with. I loved my time at Aberystwyth and will continue to use the skills and contacts I acquired for the rest of my career.

Iwan White

After already having completed a BSc degree at Aberystwyth, the choice to stay on for a postgraduate MSc degree in order to further pursue my passion was a very compelling one. Starting the course, it was clear that I would be far from disappointed. This course offers a diverse selection of several topics valuable for a wide range of scientific backgrounds. Having stepped up from undergraduate level, there was already some familiarity between me and the teaching staff. However, the added focus of the content and of the staff, made this course a deeply engaging experience. Staff are supportive and helpful to the extent that it feels less like lecturers teaching you a course and more like knowledgeable people simply offering you their expertise.
The quality of the faculty is reflected in the course content. From the academic side the course features a wide array of subjects presented by experts offering a wealth of knowledge on their given topic. Once again, no matter what your background is, you are very likely to resonate with an aspect of this course. Conversations with fellow biotechnology Masters students illustrates that different people could draw value from very different areas of the course. While others found the work on bioreactors and crop engineering to be the most interesting, I found the aspects of the course focusing on marine biotechnology and the business side to be the most engaging. I particularly gained tremendous value out of the business side of the course. It was indispensable in illustrating potential applications of the knowledge being provided and the options available upon graduating or continuing academic studies with a PhD. This aspect of the course will also provide you with practise in this regard, with a focus on writing grant proposals and planning and budgeting a prospective business.
I would strongly recommend this course to anyone wishing to follow their interests in this field. Whether your aspirations have been decided or not at this point, the skills and experience this course offers will aid you immensely wherever you end up.

Scholarships

We are delighted to offer eligible international (non UK/EU domiciled) applicants to undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes an Inclusive Accommodation Offer. If you are accepted to study at Aberystwyth University, the normal tuition fees for the course will include your accommodation costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2000 discount off university managed accommodation

Eligibility

All eligible full-fee paying international students beginning their studies on an undergraduate programme, or a postgraduate programme (including those on pre-University English language programmes leading to enrolment at the University) in the 2020/2021 academic year will automatically receive the inclusive accommodation offer.

Application Procedure

All you need to do is apply to study at Aberystwyth University by 1 August 2020 and be accepted onto the course. Full details of how the accommodation will be allocated will be published on our website soon.


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Recipients of Sports Scholarships are expected to contribute to a Students' Union Sports Club and would normally be expected to represent the University in the sport for which the Scholarship was awarded.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 p.a.

Eligibility

Sports Scholarships are intended for UK/EU applicants to the University who can demonstrate recent achievement of a high standard in sport, and a commitment to developing their sporting performance whilst at university. You can hold a Sports Scholarship for any full-time course at Aberystwyth.

Application Procedure

A Sports Scholarship application form must be submitted by 31st July in the year of entry to the University.


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Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of competitive audition to new entrants in any discipline and held for the duration of the course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£650 p.a.

Eligibility

Music Scholarships are intended for experienced players for orchestra/band instruments or singers (jointly with an instrument) who can actively contribute to the University’s orchestras, bands, choirs and other ensembles.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is 15th June in the year of entry to University.


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Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% - 20% discount of Taught Masters tuition fee

Eligibility

Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above.

Application Procedure

Applications for relevant courses must be received by the publicised deadline. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.


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Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 1st Class Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Scholarships are available for entirely self-financed students (i.e. they cannot be held by students with full-awards, e.g. Chevening Scholarships, Commonwealth Shared Scholarship or any governmental award or any partial awards, including AU departmental awards, Aber-grad Scholarships nor HEI partnership discounts.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Up to 13 scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2018. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award).

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 27th July 2018. Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office (AQRO) by the closing date.


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Applications should be made directly to the charitable trust, via their website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £7,000

Eligibility

For students from Wales undertaking postgraduate study.

Application Procedure

The closing date for applications is the end of June preceding the start date of the course.


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Awarding body: Worshipful Company of Saddlers Mason’s Institute .

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,250

Eligibility

The Mason's Bursary is normally open to all IBERS MSc courses. Applicants must have or expect to gain at least a 2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) equating to a mark of 56.5% or above.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms will not be required. Standard course applications must be received by the Postgraduate Admissions Office before the deadline along with a letter stating your interest in being considered for the bursary.


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In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Aberystwyth University is offering two scholarships to students in Malaysia and four scholarships to students in China applying for any of our postgraduate taught courses.

This scholarship scheme is part of the "GREAT Scholarships 2019 - East Asia" campaign, which has been launched by the British Council together with 28 UK universities to support more students in East Asia to get access to the excellent UK higher education opportunities. It offers an exciting opportunity for East Asian students wishing to gain financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,500

Eligibility

Applicants from China must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth University by 30th March 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Applicants from Malaysia must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth by 30th June 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

Application Procedure

The Scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (Bachelor's degree with a minimum 2nd class upper division). Separate scholarship application forms are not required. Applicants should write 'I am applying for the GREAT Scholarship' on their postgraduate application form.


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Applicants for Chevening Scholarships must:

• be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and intend to return there at the end of the period of study;
• hold a degree that is equivalent to at least an upper second-class honours degree in the UK;
• achieve the minimum Chevening English language requirement;
• have completed at least two years’ work or equivalent experience before applying for a Chevening Scholarship;
• be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university.

Value of Scholarship(s)

TBC

Eligibility

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to International students with excellent academic backgrounds who wish to pursue full-time postgraduate study in the UK. The scholarships are primarily for those who wish to undertake a Taught Masters degree.

Application Procedure

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - please see their website for further details.


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