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Genetics and recombinant DNA technology underpin major biotechnological industries in the medical and agricultural sectors including pharmaceutical, industrial and microbial biotechnology. Thanks to increased insights from the study of genetic material, we’re better able to develop new diagnostic tests, therapeutic agents and bioenergy production. But with this progress comes the increased need for scientists to learn, evaluate and use these pioneering techniques.

The MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology course brings together the diverse areas of biology and engineering, giving you an interdisciplinary perspective on this fast-moving area. You'll receive training in the latest laboratory techniques including CRISPR genome editing technology, and other molecular techniques such as PCR,

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent university qualification in molecular biology or a related subject (eg biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, and microbiology). We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

Candidates with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with minimum of 6 in each component, or equivalent.


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Student Profile(s)

Baoli Ding

“The reason that I chose to study MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Sheffield University was because of its ranking and the learning environment of the university. The course arrangement is also what attracts me, especially that we spend 3-5 months of practical study in the laboratory - I love working in the lab.

“In the Autumn semester, Dr Qaiser Sheikh taught us a lot of techniques, including cloning, but we mainly focused on CRISPR Cas9. It's a sort of technique I did not know about before, but I think it is interesting as a potential gene editing technique.

“In the Spring semester, I mainly followed my supervisor Dr Emma Thomson to do exosome in-depth research. I also learned a lot of techniques that I hadn't seen before, and she taught me the basic Protein-RNA complex analysis, CRAC. We cross-linked Proteins and RNA, and then purified the Protein-RNA complex to do cDNA analysis.

“I feel very happy that the techniques I learned from lectures have been fully applied to my experiments, because practice and theory are quite different. Moreover I am very confident with my lab techniques now, and I can complete basic experiments alone. Next, I want to apply for a PhD to expand my knowledge in the biology world.”


Daniel Richardson

"I initially decided to apply for the MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology degree because of the emphasis it placed on gaining experience in research labs. I think becoming comfortable with planning and carrying out your own experiments is as equally important as understanding the underpinning theory when it comes to being a successful scientist. I think a lot of courses don’t manage to get a good balance between the two, but this degree does.

"Over the past year, I have learned a lot about how to approach scientific problems experimentally and how to solve them. The months I have spent on my research project have really showed me what goes into producing a scientific paper. I have also been surprised by how much I’ve managed to develop both my written and verbal communication skills over the past year. The focus this course places on learning techniques and advances that are at the forefront of the field is also very impressive.

"Overall, this degree has helped me become a more well-rounded person with more thoroughly developed skills all-round. I look forward to applying them in an industrial or research setting in future."


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