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Molecular Biotechnology MSc

Course Description

The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry.

Programme content
Modules (all core) are as follows:

Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology (10 credits)
Research Techniques in Molecular Biotechnology (20 credits)
Practical Applications of Molecular Biotechnology (20 credits)
Functional Genomics and Reverse Genetics (20 credits)
Gene Expression Analysis (20 credits)
Funding Science (10 credits)
From Bench to Market: The Development of Pharmaceutical Products (10 credits)
Therapeutic Biologicals (10 credits)
Research project (60 credits)
Learning and teaching is via lectures, workshops, independent study, laboratory practicals, research and a lab-based project.

Project reports and project talks, oral presentations, extended essays, written reports, practical reports
Class tests for statistics, data-handling and data interpretation in skills modules and data interpretation exercises in other modules
Written grant application or business plan

Skills gained
Transferable skills gained via this programme will include written and oral presentation skills, statistics, and the ability to plan and write a grant application or a business plan. Subject-specific skills will include key techniques used in molecular biotechnology, specialist knowledge in theoretical and practical aspects of the subject: process engineering, molecular biology, functional genomics, 'omics' technologies, protein expression systems and antibody engineering. Practical skills will include fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry.

While many graduates will go on to employment in biotechnology companies, you will also be employable in other life sciences industries or able to go on to further study and research.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Molecular Biotechnology MSc page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Francis Amrit

778.jpg ' I hope Birmingham has many more students from India. It’s an absolute joy to study here.'

Like all beginnings, I was a little nervous about the whole move to Birmingham. However, the multicultural international environment at the University, combined with its history and hospitality made the entire experience a pleasure. The first year consisted of a lot of exploring and fun at Birmingham.

Given that the University ranks in the top 1% of the University’s on the planet, there is absolutely no doubt about the impact of the degree I hope to obtain. I have definitely grown as a professional at various levels and hopefully this will help me go places in the future.

University of Birmingham is by far one of the best campus Universities I have been to. The entire setup with its historical redbrick buildings to the modern ones alongside lush green lawns gives the entire place an excellent feel ideal for studying and research. Also the University centre with its shops, pub and the frequently occurring farmers market with the accessibility to a train station on campus that can get you into the city in a few minutes makes it even better. The campus is one of the best features of University.

Living at Birmingham has been a lot of fun. There were no problems at all with regards to settling in as an international student. Through the course I made a lot of friends in the department and across the University and has been a great experience getting to meet and know people from various international backgrounds.


Molecular Biotechnology MSc Scholarships - 3 Awards

Up to 3 ‘Head of College scholarships’ of up to £5,000 are available to outstanding overseas students who are not in receipt of any other form of funding to study on this MSc course.International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students who accept an offer are automatically considered for these bursaries; there is no need to make a separate application. Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of past academic performance and, in the event of several students being judged of high enough quality, a written essay on a topic to be announced. Applications must be received by the deadline set by the School. See the website for further details.

Application Procedure

For details of these and other scholarships, please contact Postgraduate Admissions on +44 (0)121 414 5922 or email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for UK and international graduates who have an appropriate Life Sciences background, with a suitable degree in the Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences. Graduates should have a good Honours degree from a UK university (the minimum requirement is a second-class Honours degree) or the equivalent from outside the UK. Applicants must have studied some molecular biology (including gene cloning) and some genetics as part of their first degree.

Course Fees

£8,370 FT, £3,420 PT (UK/EU); £18,900 (overseas)

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