MSc Molecular Biotechnology

University of Birmingham
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

MSc Molecular Biotechnology

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

Skills gained

Transferable skills gained via this program 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.

Admission requirements

This program is designed for UK and international graduates who have an appropriate Life Sciences background, with a suitable degree in the Biological Sciences, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences. Graduates should have a minimum of a lower second class Honours degree (or the equivalent from outside the UK) in a Biosciences subject including at least 40 credits or equivalent of appropriate molecular biology (including gene cloning) and some genetics as part of their first degree.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Introduction to Biotechnology: From Genes to Products
  • Research Techniques in Molecular Biotechnology
  • Practical Applications of Molecular Biotechnology
  • Functional Genomics and Reverse Genetics
  • Funding and Communicating Science
  • Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutic Biologicals from Bench to Market
  • Research Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Fees 2022/23

  • Total Tuition fee for UK students: £10,620 FT
  • Total Tuition fee for International: £25,740 FT

Career paths

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.

Dr Eugenio Sanchez-Moran, program Leader for MSc Molecular Biotechnology

"Our society needs to adjust to the increasing challenges ahead as a consequence of increasing population and pollution, of climate change, of new health care constraints and the reduction of food security. Biotechnology has driven applied sciences in industrial, pharmaceutical and agriculture accomplishments of the last century, and it will lead the pathway to the changes needed to adapt and develop our prospects as a Global Society. Our aim is to produce graduates with the precise practical skills and scientific knowledge to allow them to be key players in the next biotechnology revolutions."

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University of Birmingham

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University of Birmingham

B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

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