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MSc Biotechnology

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  • Objectives
    Excellent career prospects in biotechnology and related fields A multidisciplinary programme bringing together aspects of biology, biophysics, analytical chemistry and entrepreneurship Biotechnology is a priority growth area in North West England, where about 200 biotechnology companies employ more than 20,000 people
  • Entry requirements
    This programme is for UK and international graduates who wish to gain a knowledge of the emerging fields of biotechnology, and acquire the skills necessary for entering employment in the growing biotechnology industries such as food production, biomedicine and pharmaceuticals
  • Academic Title
    MSc Biotechnology
  • Course description
    Programme content

    This programme provides a strong training in many issues at the forefront of biotechnology. It integrates bioscience, biochemistry and biomedical science. Appropriately for this growing area, entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurship are also developed in this programme, providing a unique approach to biotechnology.

    The programme has a good balance of biology, biochemistry, biophysics and analytical chemistry and covers areas such as natural products, bioinformatics, biosensors, microbiology and aspects of drug design and manufacture. It is taught by specialists in bioscience, pharmaceuticals, and analytical and organic chemistry. The following taught modules are included:

    -Recent Advances in Biotechnology
    -Enterprise and the Entrepreneur
    -Research Methods
    -Drug Discovery, Design and Development
    -Identification of Important Natural Products
    -Biosensors and Analytical Techniques
    -Structural Bioinformatics, Proteomics & Microarrays
    -Separation Science
    -Research Project

    The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and guided reading.

    The supervised research project, which forms the subject of the dissertation, can be undertaken in industrial as well as in state-of-art University laboratories.

    Assessment
    Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, oral presentations, coursework, laboratory reports and submission of the dissertation.

    Career progression
    The programme is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in biotechnological or pharmaceutical industries. However this programme will also equip students to pursue careers in hospital laboratories and research institutes, or to continue to a PhD programme

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