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MScMolecular Biology and Biotechnology

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The biotechnological applications of molecular biology underpin major industries in the medical and agricultural sectors.

Insights from the study of genetic material are already benefitting the development of new diagnostic tests, therapeutic agents, bioenergy production systems, improved crops and more. The range and value of these developments is rapidly increasing.

This exciting MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program provides training for bioscience graduates to develop confidence and independence in their practical skills and knowledge relevant to careers in this area. Successful graduates will be ready to undertake further study at PhD level or to enter employment in the biotechnology sector.

You’ll learn essential practical skills; study the relevant theory in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE); and carry out an individual research project, in which you’ll learn how to design and conduct research, keep records and present the research in different styles.

Programme structure

Core modules

Laboratory Skills in Molecular Bioscience
Principles of Biochemical Engineering
Advanced Research Topics
Literature Review
Research Project (typical research areas include plant genetic engineering, engineering of proteins of commercial importance, or genetic studies by random mutagenesis).

Examples of optional modules

Choice two from:
The RNA World
Cells as Factories
Plant Biotechnology
Microbiology of Extreme Environments

Teaching and assessment

Our masters courses give you a solid grounding in experimental science, with personal supervision and tutorials by experienced scientists, based in modern and well-equipped labs, leading on to a research project in which you design and conduct your own research.

You will learn cutting-edge science from research leaders, and gain practice in reading the scientific literature and writing reports. Assessment is based on a combination of coursework, project work, formal examinations and a dissertation.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States