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MSc Biotechnology

Course Description

Biotechnology is a fast-moving sector that requires highly trained individuals who are able to work innovatively across disciplines of biological sciences, engineering and chemistry. This programme integrates biological sciences with biochemical engineering to provide training for the modern biotechnical industry, focusing on the applications of biotechnology in medicine and agriculture.

The course begins with the technology underpinning the manufacture of the pharmaceutical proteins, the structure of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and the way drugs interact with the body. Biosensors and molecular diagnostics also form a core part of the programme. You then study two from the following three topic areas:

1. tissue engineering with a focus on the 'functional' engineering of connective tissues, cardiac valves and epithelia
2. bionanotechnology including nanoscale manipulation of bio-molecules, single molecule imaging and fabrication of sensor devices and motors
3. plant biotechnology including the engineering of plants for the production of novel products, and development of stress tolerant crop varieties.

This programme consists of 180 credits comprising:
55 credits of compulsory core research training modules
85 credits of a compulsory research project
40 credits of taught specialist biotechnology modules

Course details: http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/gradschool/biotech
Student profiles: http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/gradschool/biotech/mnuProfiles.php

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

Student Profiles

Biological Sciences International Scholarships Scheme - 20+ Awards

Academic criteria: To be awarded as determined by the Faculty International Scholarships Committee. To receive a Faculty of Biological Sciences Scholarship all students must meet all the following conditions: Hold an offer of a study place and commence a programme of study in the Faculty of Biological Sciences in September 2014 and be fully registered on 1st December 2014.
Be a self-funded full-time student paying full overseas-rated fees.
The scholarship will be paid in the form of a deduction from the tuition fee charged by the University.
No separate application is necessary-your application will enable us to consider you for the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Faculty of Biological Sciences offers scholarships of £2000 to overseas Masters students commencing a programme of study within the faculty in September 2014. This scheme is open to students of all nationalities. It does not apply to students paying Home/EU fees.

Application Procedure

All applicants will be considered via their application to the University. There is no application form.

Applicants should normally apply for a programme of study within the Faculty by 1 June. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor.

Further Information



Biological Sciences - scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Information on all scholarships available can be found online.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Please see below.

Application Procedure

Eligibility for scholarships and bursaries will vary according to personal circumstances. Please visit our website for further information.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in a biological science subject. Students with a degree in an engineering discipline will also be considered. Knowledge of chemistry to at least UK A Level standard or equivalent is required.

Course Fees

2016-2017: £9,000 (UK/EU students) £19,000 (International students)

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