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.
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
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
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.