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  MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology


University of Sheffield    School of Biosciences

Full time September MSc 1 year full-time Award winner
Biological Sciences (4)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology programme. Delve into cutting-edge research techniques and gain a profound understanding of their application in the dynamic biotechnology sector. This course equips you with essential technical skills, fostering confidence and autonomy to spearhead innovation in the industry. Through a blend of biology and engineering modules, you will explore diverse areas and integrate molecular science with chemical and biological engineering. Engage with academic experts through lectures and seminars, gaining insights into collaborative research and advanced techniques. Hands-on training in modern laboratory methods, including CRISPR genome editing and molecular cloning, will hone your experimental prowess. The pinnacle of your studies is a Research Project, where you'll delve into a chosen area under expert supervision. With a focus on practical experimental science and a range of assessment methods, this programme ensures you are well-prepared for a successful career in biotechnology. To qualify, a minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a related field is required, with the option for relevant professional experience to be considered. Join the School of Biosciences' esteemed alumni network and become part of a community dedicated to tackling global challenges through groundbreaking research and education.

About the course

Undertake research-focused training that spans molecular biology to give you a unique understanding of how the latest research techniques are utilised in the biotechnology sector.

This course is designed to develop your technical skills, confidence, and autonomy to enable you to lead innovation across the fast-moving biotechnology industry.

Throughout your studies you'll be exposed to the diverse areas of biology and engineering, with your module choices allowing you to integrate molecular science with chemical and biological engineering modules. Lectures and seminars delivered by academic experts will provide you with a unique perspective on the cutting edge techniques and the collaborative research being performed in these areas.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in molecular biology or a related subject (e.g. biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, microbiology).

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

We may also consider your application if you do not meet the standard academic requirements but you have relevant professional experience. An interview will be required in this case.


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Student Profiles

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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