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Biotechnology, MSc

Course Description

This is a multidisciplinary degree that brings together aspects of chemistry, biology and cell biology. The courses are carefully tailored to cover the knowledge in key fields such as gene therapy, drug design, genomics, proteomics, genetic engineering for plants, animals and micro-organisms, and bioinformatics. The purpose of this programme is to serve the needs of international and local students who require additional training relevant to their professional development.

This degree provides a programme of study for appropriately qualified and experienced graduates. It produces graduates with a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem solving, enhancing laboratory and professional competence and enabling students to work independently and use their initiative in solving the diverse problems they encounter.

The programme helps you to obtain a creative attitude to the development and manufacture of biotechnology products. The intention is that skills and knowledge can be more readily transferred to professional activities.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide students with subject-specific knowledge, as well as a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem solving in the field of biotechnology

- To provide students with enhanced practical and professional skills and thus prepare them effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the field of biotechnology

- To enable students to work independently and use initiative to solve the diverse problems they may encounter

- To instill a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of biotechnology.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/sci/biotech

Science - General

We offer a range of sciences programmes from biotechnology to formulation science. Whatever you choose to study you will be taught by experienced staff in state-of-the-art laboratories and gain the skills you need to succeed in your chosen field. Employability is central to all our programmes and you will benefit from our strong links with employers, industry work placements and professional accreditations.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Biotechnology Research Projects (60 credits)
Bioinformatics (30 credits)
Research Methods and Data management (30 credits)
English Language Support (for Postgraduate students in the School of Science)
Applied Molecular Biology (30 credits)

Students are required to choose 1 course from this list of options.

Biotechnology and Transgenic Crops (30 credits)
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (30 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)


Coursework, examinations, presentations, thesis, on-line assessment. This programme involves a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. Case studies will provide you with exposure to up-to-date problems and enhance your problem solving and team-work in a way that simulates an industrial setting. A research project in a well equipped department led by staff with a diversity of research experience will give you the opportunity to carry out novel research and enhance your practical skills, analytical thinking and independence.

Career options

Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, intellectual property industry (IP), academics, bio-informatics/IT, health services, research and higher degrees (PhD).

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/?a=643711

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the Biotechnology, MSc page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dimal De Silva

"I am currently employed by a company called Yoomi (Feed Me bottles Ltd). My title is Production & Process Engineer and I have held this role since 2010.

Having completed a Master's at the University of Greenwich it gave me the perfect stepping-stone into the industry.

As an international student, I would recommend the University of Greenwich for anyone seeking a new direction in life."

(Student Profile)

Dorsa Varshavi

"The University of Greenwich has professional and highly intellectual teachers who are supportive in teaching and expand students' knowledge and understanding. The students are always commenting that the University of Greenwich has good teaching facilities that enable students to have a high understanding rate. A lot of graduates have won different prizes in subjects such as physics and art. I'm enjoying being a biotechnology student due to the supportive way the teachers teach various subjects and the way they encourage students to do tutorials and assessments."


Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above in biotechnology, molecular biology or related subjects OR equivalent qualifications OR substantial experience. Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system. Alternatively, students can enter via the University of Greenwich International Pre-Masters' Programme. Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

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