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MSc: Marine Biotechnology

Course Description

This skills-focussed MSc provides students with a thorough knowledge of the biodiversity in our oceans while receiving practical training in cutting-edge techniques and experimental approaches underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology.
Students learn about existing products developed by marine biotechnologists and gain insight into new and emerging global market opportunities. Seminars led by distinguished industrialists and commercial marine biotechnologists encourage the entrepreneurial spirit, provide inspiration and allow for appreciation of commercial realities.

In addition, students are equipped with key employability skills, including:
-Problem solving and critical thinking.
-Information retrieval, evaluation and presentation.
-Data interpretation and report writing.
-Group working, organisation and leadership.

Through an active approach to learning, students develop confidence to work independently and are encouraged to pursue their main interests.

Key information

-Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma.
-Study methods: Part time, full time. Campus based.
-Duration: 12 months full time.
-Start date: September.
-Course Director: Dr Andrew Desbois.

Course objectives

This course provides students with:
-An awareness of the diversity of marine organisms and the adaptations that enable them to prosper in their natural habitats.
-A thorough knowledge of the fundamental science and methodologies underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology.
-An understanding of the latest advances and global opportunities that exist in the burgeoning field of marine biotechnology.
-Training in practical, investigative and research skills, as well as commercialisation and intellectual property protection.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Natural Sciences provides a distinctive and distinguished academic arena that explores the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological, environmental and aquatic systems.

The Faculty brings together four divisions:
-Institute of Aquaculture.
-Biological and Environmental Sciences.
-Computing Science and Mathematics.

World-leading original, significant and rigorous research is found in all of our academic disciplines. Our approach is interdisciplinary and research aspires to be cutting-edge, collaborative and excellent – internationally recognised for its quality and relevance.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Faculty participated in six units of assessment where it excelled in a breadth of disciplines:
-1st in the UK in Aquaculture.
-4th in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science.
-3rd in Scotland (18th in the UK) for Psychology.
-One of only four UK universities with Psychology research rated as having 100% world-leading impact.

Other admission requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
-IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill.
-Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C.
-Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C.
-Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component.
-IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17.

For more information go to English language requirements: https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses: http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx

Visit the MSc: Marine Biotechnology page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Second class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with appropriate/relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. See course description for further admission details.

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