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Analytical Biotechnology MSc/ PgDip/PgCert

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  • Objectives
    The MSc provides specialist in-depth training and hands on experience of the growing range of new analytical techniques used in the Biotechnology sector, and also the computational skills used to maximise the information gained from these methods. For new graduates wishing to enter the rapidly growing field of Analytical Biotechnology the MSc will provide them with adequate training to allow them to enter employment at a more senior level in areas as diverse as pharmaceuticals, post-genome analysis and the healthcare sector. Cranfield’s Analytical Biotechnology MSc is the result of extensive industry research and responds to the evident demand for skilled analytical technologists. Delivered by leading academics in new unrivalled facilities the MSc covers a number of desired areas and skill sets, these include: * Biomolecules and analytical biotechnology * Sample preservation and separation technology * Sensors and biosensors * Spectroscopy and optical devices * Genomic and post-genomic analytical biotechnology * Immunochemistry and immunosensors * Analytical biotechnology and healthcare * Business of analytical biotechnology * Instrumentation and software * Imaging techniques * Bioinformatics
  • Entry requirements
    1st or 2nd class UK honours degree, or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as a chemical and life sciences related subject. Candidates with appropriate professional experience wishing to develop their careers are also invited to apply. Where applicable, students must demonstrate competency in English, such as a minimum International English Language Testing System Score (IELTS) of 6.5 or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 580. Our Academic Summer Programme offers pre-sessional training in English.
  • Course description
    The content of this course has been designed to give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience you need for a successful career in analytical biotechnology.
    Modules

    1 Biomolecules and Analytical Biotechnology
    2 Research Design and Methodology
    3 Sample Preparation and Separation Technology
    4 Introduction to Sensors and Biosensors
    5 Genomic and Post-Genomic Analytical Biotechnology
    6 Analytical Biotechnology and Healthcare
    7 Biomedicine as a Business Venture
    8 Instrumentation and Software
    9 Immunological Techniques
    10 Bioinformatics
    Project
    Research project and thesis

    The course is divided into two parts:

    Taught modules


    A formal taught component comprising ten compulsory modules, each of two weeks duration and consisting of one week of lectures, practical work, site visits and one week for private study. This element constitutes 50% of the overall mark.

    The marks for each of the ten modules are obtained from a piece of coursework which may take the form of a portfolio, debate, lab report or presentation. The pass mark for all components is 50%.

    Research project and thesis


    Students can benefit from a four-month industry research project placement. Cranfield’s excellent links with industry and their close proximity to leading pharmaceutical players mean a wealth of industry placement opportunities are available.

    The research project and thesis constitutes the remaining 50% of the overall mark. The marks are obtained from a combination of a submitted thesis, application and initiative shown during the project which is assessed by the day-to-day project supervisor, and assessment of an oral presentation of the project.

    The research project can be undertaken in industry or academia. It acts as a fantastic opportunity for you to meet potential future employers and practically apply your new knowledge. Part time students normally carry out their project at their place of work allowing them to apply their learning and make a difference in their own environment.

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