The course is aimed at those aspiring to be researchers and managers in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries or other biosectors.
You should have an Honours degree in biological sciences, biotechnology or a related discipline; or an equivalent qualification. If your first language is not English you should normally have attained the equivalent of an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four components; or TOEFL (paper) score of at least 600 plus TOEFL written test at Grade 4.5 or above; TOEFL (computer based test) of at least 250; or Cambridge Proficiency, Grade B.
MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
This course is designed to meet industry's growing demand for personnel with expertise in applied microbiology and biotechnology. Theoretical studies are complemented by hands-on experience of fully controlled fermenters that are up to pilot-plant scale and are linked to modern monitoring and control systems. In-depth studies include microbial physiology and fermentation technology; topics in biotechnology; industrial bioprocesses; microbial production of novel metabolites; bioactive compounds; types of bioreactors; monitoring and control of fermentation; and design of bioprocesses with a strong industrial bias.
Bioprocess Technology (double module)
Biotechnology and Business
Project (triple module)
Options, choose one from:
Recombinant DNA Technology
Teaching and Assessment
Teaching is carried out through lectures, tutorials and workshops. Emphasis is placed on practical sessions particularly aimed at requirements of bioindustry. Experienced industrial visitors give specific lectures and there is an industrial visit to a biotechnology/pharmaceutical company. Group working is encouraged. Examinations are set and coursework is assessed. Coursework is varied and includes group or individual poster and seminar presentations, essays, practical reports and workshops. A 10,000 word dissertation written individually and based on a laboratory-based project chosen from varied areas of biotechnology will also be assessed.