This exciting course is designed to give you the theoretical and practical skills needed for a career in Biotechnology within companies and research organisations.
This course is ideal if you:
- are a recently qualified undergraduate and are looking for the professional skills needed to obtain a job in a Biotechnology company
- are working in an organisation and want a masters-level qualification to give you a competitive edge
- require the skills and experience needed to study for a research degree
- are an international student who would like to study abroad
- would like a course delivered by experienced research academics, with the possibility of completing a research project in industry.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 3516
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Starting: October and January
Course length: One year full-time or two years part-time
Study location: Clifton campus
Fees and funding:
Please see the fees, funding and scholarships section.
Molecular Biology and DNA Technology
This module concerns the latest advances in and techniques used for the study of information flow in organisms, and concentrates on applications of DNA technology in gene therapy, analysis of gene expression and topical research areas.
Cell Culture and Antibody Technology
In this module you will study production, maintenance and applications of animal cell cultures and antibodies (both monoclonal and polyclonal), and the use of immunochemical techniques (e.g. ELISA, Western blotting and immunocytochemistry) for analysis and therapy. You will also investigate the use of cellular systems for the study of mechanisms of toxicity and cell signalling pathways.
Enzyme Technology and Biocatalysis
This module investigates the commercial application of enzymes, enzyme purification and the theoretical background to enzyme activity in free, immobilised and whole cell preparations, and in extreme environments such as at high temperature and in non-aqueous reactors. Future industrial applications of biocatalysts, modification of enzymes as diagnostic tools and biosensors are also covered.
Business and Bioethics
In this module you will look at key commercial and ethical issues in research and development in the fields of applied bioscience. Working as a member of a team, you will take such issues into consideration in the formulation of a business plan designed to promote a specific project for commercial development.
Research Methods and IT
In this module you will develop your skills in the use of software packages for statistical analysis of data. You will learn how to plan, write and deliver oral presentations and research proposals. There will also be sessions involving critical appraisal of scientific papers and the preparation of poster presentations.
Microbial Physiology and Genomics
In this module you will study the physiology, growth and environmental adaptation of microbes. You will also learn about the diversity of microbial genomes and the use of modern genomic and bioinformatics approaches to the study of metabolic pathways, virulence factors, etc.
The course is completed with a five-month laboratory based research project. You may carry out the work either in the School or in another academic or industrial research laboratory in the UK or abroad, subject to approval by the Course Team.
Modules assessed by a variety of different types of course work including written assignments, oral presentations and poster presentations, and examinations. The Research Project will involve the design, implementation and reporting of a major research task.
This course benefits from the excellent facilities and equiment available in the School of Science and Technology.
This degree provides students with the professional skills, experience and knowledge necessary to pursue a wide range of careers within the field of biotechnology, alongside valuable transferable skills. Students would also be well-placed to study for a PhD.
This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement or several smaller placements. If you start this course in September / October then you will complete your placement following your taught modules and research project. If you start in January you will complete one term of taught modules and your project then go on placement before returning to NTU for your final term of modules.
Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice
To qualify for the additional qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (PGDIPP) you must submit a work placement portfolio which includes a placement diary, reflective report and updated CV, as well as deliver an oral presentation on your placement experience.
Help and support
We will work closely with you to help you strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice.
- A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as Biochemistry or Biology
- Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered
- International students please see the English language requirements section
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