About the course
This programme will give you hands-on practical experience of both laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. You will also be trained in biotechnology research strategies. A strong practical foundation is provided in the first semester (Semester A) when you study two modules: 'Cellular Molecular Biology' and 'Core Genetics and Protein Biology'. These modules concentrate on the basic principles and the techniques used in modern molecular biology investigations, and on aspects of cellular molecular biology and development.
The second semester (Semester B) has a problem-based learning approach to the application of the knowledge you gained in Semester A. You will study two modules: 'Industrial Biotechnology' and 'Molecular Biotechnology'. These modules will give you an in depth understanding of the application of molecular biological approaches to the production of industrial and medicinal proteins. You will also learn how to apply and design industrial and environmental biotechnology processes, such as process kinetics and design, reactor design and oxygen transfer, sterilization kinetics and the application of biotechnology processes for the bioremediation of contaminated sites.
In the third semester (Semester C) you undertake a research project to develop your expertise further. The research project falls into different areas and may include aspects of fermentation biotechnology, genetic manipulation and protein engineering, bioinformatics, microbial physiology and environmental biotechnology.
See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/biotechnology
Why choose this course?
- This course gives in-depth knowledge of biotechnology and molecular biology for biosciences or biological chemistry graduates.
- It has a strong practical basis giving you training in biotechnology research strategies and hand-on experience of laboratory and bioinformatics techniques.
- It equips you for research and development positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, as well as a wide range of non-research roles in industry.
- Biosciences research facilities cover fermentation biotechnology, high performance liquid chromatography, (HPLC), cell culture, molecular biology and pharmacology.
- There are excellent facilities for chemical and biomedical analysis, genetics and cell biology studies and students have access to the latest equipment for chemical synthesis and purification, PCR, qPCR and 2D protein gel analysis systems for use during their final year projects.
- The School of Life and Medical Science will move into a brand new science building opening in September 2015 providing us with world class laboratories for our teaching and research. At a cost of £50M the new building provides spacious naturally lit laboratories and social spaces creating an environment that fosters multi-disciplinary learning and research.
On successful completion of the programme you will be well qualified for research and development positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, to progress to a research degree or to consider non-research roles in industry such as management, manufacturing and marketing.
The course consists of five modules including a research project:
- Cellular Molecular Biology
- Core Genetics and Protein Biology
- Industrial Biotechnology
- Molecular Biotechnology
- Biosciences Research Methods for Masters
- Research project
All modules are 100% assessed by coursework which includes in-course tests
Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/biotechnology#how-to-apply
Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate
An honours degree with 60% or above, or equivalent professional qualifications, in the biosciences, biochemistry, pharmacy or biological chemistry. Applicants without these qualifications who can demonstrate by other qualifications, research publications or appropriate experience that they can benefit from the programme will be considered on individual merit. An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent will be required if English is not the first language.