MSc

Biotechnology

Student using scientific equipment
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day) / Sandwich / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2016 / January 2017
  • Course duration: 2 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Biotechnology is a key international growth area and this course is driven by the latest commercial and research advances in the field. Students have the opportunity to learn from experienced academic researchers with the possibility of undertaking a research project in industry.

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.

What you'll study

Research Project
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.

Facilities
This course benefits from the excellent facilities and equipment available in the School of Science and Technology.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • Enhance your communication skills;
  • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
  • Boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • First year

    During this course you will study six core modules as well as undertaking a research project. You will also choose from two optional modules.

    Core modules:

    • Molecular Biology (20 cp)
    • Cell Culture and Antibody Technology (20 cp)
    • Special topics in Biotechnology (20 cp)
    • Business and enterprise (20 cp)
    • Research methods and Bioethics (20 cp)
    • Research project (60 cp)

    Optional modules:

    • Microbial Diagnostics (20 cp)
    • Techniques in Macromolecular Analysis (20 cp)

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught


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.

Careers and employability

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, paid placement. 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 PracticeTo 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 supportWe 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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?
  • 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

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?
  • 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 qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

Tuition fees

Please see our Fees and Funding page for details.

Funding

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Still need help?

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