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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 scientists.
At the end of the course you will be able to meet the challenges of biotechnology, demonstrate critical thinking and solve problems, exploit opportunities, and know how ideas can be turned into viable businesses or a successful grant application.
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Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or better) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above 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.
Aberystwyth is a medium sized coastal town situated in one of the most beautiful and safest parts of the UK - it really is a special place to live and study. Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Our students benefit from a diverse and international student population, easy access to the seafront and beaches, rolling green mountains, a vibrant social and cultural life, and an excellent education.Read more
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
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.
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. "
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.
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.
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