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  • Objectives
    It is offered by the School of Biosciences in conjunction with the Schools of Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Biomolecular Technology underpins the production of drug delivery systems, the making of healthier food products, the design of healthcare products, the making of antisera and vaccines – and even the efficient extraction of oil from the harsh environment of a deep well. The programme is split into distinct but interrelated modules including Drug Delivery, Structural Biology, Antibody Biotechnology, Genomics, Biomolecular Science and Industrial Macromolecules. There is a three-month placement module, which can be taken either in Industry or as part of a University-based Industrial project. The course is highly popular with both students and industry, and we have dedicated course staff who look after the academic and pastoral welfare of the students.
  • Entry requirements
    The MSc in Applied Biomolecular Technology is aimed at science graduates requiring advanced training for careers in important industries such as pharmaceuticals, food/nutrition, healthcare, biomedical and oil.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Applied Biomolecular Technology
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -This collaborative course draws on the knowledge and research taking place in the Schools of Biosciences, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences, and in Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
    -It is also informed by consultation with local and national industries.
    -The School of Biosciences is one of the largest and strongest Schools of its kind in the UK.
    -It has consistently achieved high ratings in independent UK assessments of both research and teaching quality, receiving an RAE grade of 5A and 23/24 in the latest Teaching Quality Assessment.
    -The Sutton Bonington Campus is a self-contained, 16-hectare site in the beautiful countryside of South Nottinghamshire and it offers a number of dedicated facilities applicable to this course

    Course Content
    The content of the MSc in Applied Biomolecular Technology will train you to analyse the natural and artificially engineered large bio-molecules of importance to the pharmaceutical, food / nutrition, healthcare, biomedical, oil and other important industries.

    By the end of the course, you will be conversant with methods of gene cloning and protein engineering central to the Biotechnology sector.

    You will take the following nine distinct but inter-related modules:

    -Fundamentals of Biomolecular Science
    -Basic Laboratory Techniques
    -Industrial and Biomedical Macromolecules
    -Genetic Analysis and Bioinformatics
    -Antibody Biotechnology

    The three-month industrial placement is deemed crucial in giving you training, as well as a full appreciation of what is required by modern industry.

    -Structural Biology
    -Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
    -Industrial Enzyme, Polysaccharide and Drug Delivery Biotechnology

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Once you have completed the taught components of the course, you will undertake a three-month industrial placement and project dissertation.

    The industrial placement will enable you to put into practice the knowledge, IT, computing and communication skills acquired in the previous modules, and you will learn how to successfully undertake research work of industrial and/or biomedical relevance.

    Course Structure

    The MSc in Applied Biomolecular Technology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years.

    This course comprises 180 credits - you will take 120 credits’ worth of taught over the autumn and spring semesters before completing a 60-credit industrial placement and dissertation project towards the end of the course.

    The industrial placement takes place from May to August, and you will be placed either locally or nationally. You will have an industrial placement supervisor who will visit you during your placement to ensure that adequate progress is being made.

    You will be required to write a 10,000-word report at the end of your placement.

    Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for non-UK students to undertake this placement in their normal country of residence.

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