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Biotechnology - MSc


Course Description

Do you want to focus your scientific career on one of the fastest moving sectors of science? The UK has hundreds of biotech companies and is a leader in innovating specialist products from living organisms. Biotech applications are enhancing food production, treating medical conditions, and having a significant impact on the global future.

Given the common expectation for job candidates to have some form of postgraduate qualification, this Masters course offers a route to careers in biotechnology as well as the broader life sciences industry. If your first degree included the study of genetics and molecular biology, and a research module, you’re well-placed to join us.

This course can also be started in January (full time 21 months) - for more information please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/biotechnology-dtfbty6/

Learn From The Best

The quality of teaching in life sciences at Northumbria has been recognised by strong performance in student-led awards, Further evidence of academic excellence is the number of invitations to members of our team to join the editorial boards of scientific journals.

Our teaching team maintains close links with biotech companies and research labs, including via on-going roles as consultants, which helps ensure an up-to-date understanding of the latest technical and commercial developments. Several academics are involved in biotech ventures that make use of the University’s facilities: Nzomics Biocatalysis develops enzyme alternatives to chemical processes, and Nu-omics offers DNA sequencing services.

Teaching And Assessment

We aim for interactive teaching sessions and you will engage in discussions, problem-solving exercises and other activities. Teaching can start in the lab or classroom and then you make the material your own by exploring and applying it. Technology Enhanced Learning makes this easier; each module has an electronic blackboard site with relevant information including electronic reading lists and access to websites, videos and other study materials that are available anytime, anywhere.

You will undertake assignments within small groups and we provide training in communication skills relevant for scientific communication. The course aims to foster your ability to work at a professional standard both individually and as part of a team.

Module Overview
AP0700 - Graduate Science Research Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0701 - Molecular Biology (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0702 - Bioinformatics (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0703 - Subject Exploration (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0704 - Industrial Biotechnology (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0705 - Current Topics in Biotechnology (Core, 20 Credits)
AP0708 - Applied Sciences Research Project (Core, 60 Credits)

Learning Environment

The technical facilities at Northumbria University are excellent. We are fully equipped for molecular biology manipulations and imaging – techniques include RT-PCR to show whether or not a specific gene is being expressed in a given sample. We also have pilot scale bioreactors so that we can scale up experiments and processes.

For cell biology and immunology, we have two multi-user laboratories. Technologies include assays for measuring immune responses at the single-cell level, and for monitoring the functioning of cells in real time. Further capabilities include biomarker analysis, flow cytometry, chemical imaging and fluorescence microscopy. For genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, our capabilities include genomic sequencing, mass spectrometry, 2D protein electrophoresis and nanoflow liquid chromatography.

All our equipment is supported up by highly skilled technical staff who will help you make the best use of all the facilities that are available.

Research-Rich Learning

In fast-moving fields like biotechnology, it’s particularly important for teaching to take account of the latest research. Many of our staff are conducting research in areas such as molecular biology, bio-informatics, gene expression and micro-biology of extreme environments. They bring all this experience and expertise into their teaching.

As a student, you will be heavily engaged in analysing recent insights from the scientific literature. You will undertake a major individual project in molecular and cellular science that will encompass all aspects of a scientific study. These include evaluation of relevant literature, design and set-up of experiments, collection and processing of data, analysis of results, preparation of a report and presentation of findings in a seminar.

Give Your Career An Edge

Many recruiters in the biotech industry expect candidates to have studied at postgraduate level so our Masters qualification will help you get through the door of the interview room. Once there, your major project and other assignments will help ensure there is plenty to catch their attention. Employers are looking for the ability to solve problems, think critically, work with others and function independently – which are exactly the attributes that our course develops to a higher level.

During your time at Northumbria, we encourage you to participate in the activities organised by the Career Development Service. We also encourage you to apply for associate membership of the Royal Society of Biology, with full membership becoming possible once you have at least three years’ postgraduate experience in study or work.

Your Future

The biotech industry has made huge progress in the last few decades and the years ahead promise to be even more transformational. With an MSc Biotechnology, you will be ready to contribute to the changes ahead through a rigorous scientific approach and your grasp of the fundamental knowledge, insights and skills that underlie modern biotechnology.

Scientific research is at the heart of the course and you will strengthen pivotal skills that will enhance your employability in any research-rich environment. By developing the practices, standards and principles relevant to becoming a bioscience professional, you will also prepare yourself for success in other sectors of the life sciences industry and beyond.

Visit the Biotechnology - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Priscilla Hong

1384.jpg What appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?
I heard about the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff at Northumbria University and was very confident that they would be of great help to their students. I also like Newcastle and the fact that it is a student city and very safe.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?
I have always loved science and biology. I did a BSc Biotechnology at a local university, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), before coming to Northumbria University and would like to enhance my knowledge in the field.

What do you like most about the course?
The lecturers are very helpful and the course content is very relevant. The course has given me a head start for the real working scientific world, in that it exposes me to the various fields in biotechnology, the latest research and helps me decide what sort of career path I would like to pursue later.

What do you do when you’re not studying?
I did volunteer work. I helped out in the Newcastle Science Festival 2009. It was great working with people who were all doing it just to help out, and not for the money. I made a lot of new friends. I also joined trips organised by the Student's Union and have been to places of interest such as Leeds, Durham and Hadrian’s Wall.

I am currently working part-time during the weekends to gain working experience and earn extra pocket money. I am very thankful for my friendly colleagues.

Could you give some more information about the award that you have just won?
The Asia Pacific Study Abroad Award given by the Golden Key International Honour Society was judged based on academic achievement and an essay which I have written on my decision to study abroad and the contribution of my overseas experience to my degree, industry and society. This Asia Pacific award was open to members from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. The Golden Key International Honour Society itself is an academic honour society and extends its reach to seven countries, namely Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. More information on the Golden Key could be found on its website at https://www.goldenkey.org/GKIHS








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Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) UK honours degree, or an equivalent qualification, in a science-based first degree related to biology/biotechnology including study of genetics and molecular biology. In addition, you should have completed a scientific research project or module in your final year or have comparable research experience. See the website for more details: View Website

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