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MScMolecular Biotechnology

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
Tuition fee To be confirmed
Application fee £50.00 one-time
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The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry.

Practical skills will include sessions on fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry, and you will go on to complete a major, supervised laboratory or computer-based research project.

Programme structure

Transferable skills gained via this programme will include written and oral presentation skills, statistics, and the ability to plan and write a grant application or a business plan. Subject-specific skills will include key techniques used in molecular biotechnology, specialist knowledge in theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, including: process engineering, molecular biology, functional genomics, ‘omics’ technologies, protein expression systems and antibody engineering. Practical skills will include fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry.

Modules (all core) are as follows:

Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology (10 credits)
Research Techniques in Molecular Biotechnology (20 credits)
Practical Applications of Molecular Biotechnology (20 credits)
Functional Genomics and Reverse Genetics (20 credits)
Gene Expression Analysis (20 credits)
Funding Science (10 credits)
From Bench to Market: The Development of Pharmaceutical Products (10 credits)
Therapeutic Biologicals (10 credits)
Research project (60 credits)

Learning and teaching is via lectures, workshops, independent study, laboratory practicals, research and a lab-based project.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be well-placed for future careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical and other science-based industries, many of which are undergoing a period of rapid international growth.

While many graduates will go on to employment in biotechnology companies, you will also be employable in other life sciences industries or able to go on to further study and research.

The programme was designed in consultation with a senior scientist in a global pharmaceutical company, and includes relevant applied elements such as modules on product development and business plans, in addition to those covering the scientific aspects of the subject

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States