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Green Biotechnology and Innovation (MSc)

Course Description

There is great demand for highly skilled graduate training in the areas of Green Biotechnology and Innovation in order to provide bio-based products to replace fossil fuels and meet government targets for carbon reduction. Aberystwyth University is uniquely placed to offer an MSc specialising in the entire supply chain from crops to renewable products combined with research-led teaching in the areas of new venture creation and management of life science firms. This MSc is designed to provide you with the skills and experience for a successful career in biotechnology. This MSc will train students in both the technical knowledge and business awareness required by green biotechnology practitioners and entrepreneurs. The innovative course design encompasses a unique industrial work placement to enhance the learning experience and by providing direct contact with companies will significantly enhance your employability. This hybrid programme, blending green biotechnology with management training, provides students with a competitive edge over a science-only programme.

How is the course structured?
The first part of the course is 100 credits of taught modules plus 20 credits of industrial work placement delivered in two semesters running from September to June, followed by a research dissertation supervised by an expert in their field. The dissertation allows you to specialize in, and investigate in depth, an area that excites you. Research can be conducted in the field, in our state of the art laboratories or with a range of external bodies including biotechnology companies, government and non-governmental organisations. Assessment is predominantly by course work such as reports, essays, seminar presentations, journalistic writing and case studies as well as final examinations in January and May. Students on this course will have unique access to the major international initiatives Climate KIC http://www.climate-kic.org.
Students on this MSc will uniquely be encouraged to attend ?The Journey?, a 6 week summer school involving approximately 50 students from across Europe, prior to the start of the course. Places on this highly sought after course are exclusively offered, on a competitive basis, free of charge to Aberystwyth students enrolled on the MSc Green Biotechnology & Innovation. This extracurricular course will be highly beneficial for students, providing a thorough context to the MSc as well as networking opportunities. See the Climate KIC webpages (http://www.climate-kic.org) for details.

Funding Available

This funding is provided through the Access to Masters Scheme and eligibility conditions apply – please apply online at: http://bit.ly/IcZhWO

• Applicants should have an address in the Convergence Area of Wales on application and be permitted to work in the Convergence Area upon completion of the scholarship.
• Only Masters applicants eligible for UK/EU fees can apply.
• Applicants should hold (or be expecting to achieve) a minimum of a 2.1 degree (or equivalent).
• Applicants must apply to the University for a place on one of the eligible Masters programmes and complete an Access to Masters Application form (two different application forms are therefore required)
• Only full time students can apply.

Other funding available see - http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/
Student Profiles

Marshal Papworth Scholarship for Environmental Studies - 4 Awards

Aberystwyth University is pleased to be able to offer a number of Scholarships within our world class Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.Programmes available under scholarship:- MSc Food and Water Security
- MSc Livestock Science
- MSc Animal Science
- MSc Managing the Environment
- MSc Green Biotechnology and InnovationEach student obtaining a scholarship must intend to return to their own country to utilise their skills for the benefit of their own countrymen.Contact Dr Mina Davies- Morrel for more details - [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full Fees & on average £8000 living costs


See Marshal Papworth for Scholarship application details and country eligibility. http://www.marshalpapworth.com/applications/application-process.htmlCriteria judged on - qualifications, work and job related experiences and the standard of the application form.

Application Procedure

See Marshal Papworth for Scholarship application details. http://www.marshalpapworth.com/applications/application-process.htmlSee Aberystwyth University for course and application details.


International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or good second class undergraduate degree in Biological Science, Plant Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology or a closely related discipline. Applications from mature candidates and/or those with a nonstandard degree but considerable relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please also view: View Website

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