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Starting at NTU

Biotechnology, MSc

Welcome to your new course and your new life as an NTU student. We've gathered together all the things you'll need to know to help you settle in here – have a read through and start thinking about how you're going to engage with your subject.

Find out more about your learning and teaching in Term One.

My course

Welcome from the course team

Hello, my name is Dr David Negus, your course leader for MSc Biotechnology. If you have any questions about your course, please email me using the email address below and I will be happy to help. I am looking forward to meeting you during induction week.


If you have any queries please contact me, your Course Leader, by email or telephone:

If you have any general queries about your course, you can also contact the Postgraduate Course Admin Team:

  • Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 6617 (Liz Martin), or +44 (0)115 848 3131 (Trudy Tuffin)
  • Location: ERD210, Erasmus Darwin building, Clifton Campus

Pre-arrival activities


The aim of this activity is to introduce you to review articles as a valuable resource in supporting your learning on the course, and to assist you in developing good writing practice, as well as help to guide you in how to avoid plagiarism


Before arriving at Nottingham Trent University, we would like you to read the review article below, which deals with the topic of protein engineering for the design of tailored enzymes and microbes. The review article has been chosen because of its relevance to your course and is available free on the internet. Once you have read the review, write a 1,000-word summary of the review in your own words without using the abstract.

You can use resources such as Pubmed to identify related articles to help with your understanding.

Protein engineering in designing tailored enzymes and microorganisms for biofuels production.

The review article can be found at this location: Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2009, 20(4): 412–419.

You will be instructed how to submit this work during induction week

Link to induction or later course activities

This activity will be used to support assessment of subject knowledge activities during induction week, as well as to introduce you to some of NTU’s IT systems and how to avoid plagiarism.


Do you want to get a strong start when you arrive at NTU? Do you want a placement, work experience or a job?  If the answer is yes, please complete this Employability pre-arrival learning module on NOW.  The purpose of this module is to introduce you to some employability resources available to you before you commence your studies at Nottingham Trent University. If you have any questions about this module, please contact our Employability team.


Your course induction has been designed to introduce you to your course content and tutors. You will also meet your personal tutor and peers in your tutor group.

Take a look at your induction timetable.

You will find the most up-to-date version of your course timetable in NOW - your personal online workspace. Please note that you will need your student number and the password that you have created for yourself when you enrolled to log in to NOW.

For further information about enrolment, please take a look at the Starting at NTU enrolment pages.