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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £5,500
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,500
    Other (non-UK) EU £5,500
    International £19,600

  • Last Updated

    26 March 2018

Course content

Biotechnology is the exploitation of living systems or molecules from them for commercial gain. Although the word 'biotechnology' is only a few decades old, humankind has been using biotechnology for millennia, for example in baking, brewing and sewage treatment.

Modern biotechnologies rely on our increasing ability to manipulate organisms at the genetic level and include novel waste treatments and bioremediations, new pharmaceuticals, the exploitation of enzymes in 'green catalysis' and exciting new diagnostic techniques. In the 20th century our lives were transformed by information technology; the 21st century may see an equally great transformation, but this time led by biotechnology.

This Masters degree aims to teach the fundamental molecular bioscience underpinning biotechnology along with examples of its current applications.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

This MSc is taught by research-active staff members in the School of Biological Sciences. In addition, fundamental biological research skills are taught and students are given an understanding of bio-entrepreneurship. The degree culminates in a three-month, intensive research project in a laboratory in Queen's, thus preparing graduates for a career in research biotechnology.

Modules:

- Bio-entrepreneurship

- Biotechnology

- Foundations for Research in the Biosciences

- Literature Review

- Nucleic Acid Structure and Function

- Protein Structure and Function

- Research Project (triple module)

CAREER PROSPECTS

This Masters degree equips students with the necessary skills to enter either PhD programmes or employment directly in the global biotechnology industry.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.


Visit the MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

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