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MSc Biotechnology

Course Overview

This course covers key areas of modern and complex biotechnology, helping you develop an advanced understanding of molecular and computational biology through to applied microbiology. You will learn about the latest new technologies in these three areas, gain insights into how they are used in the global biotechnology industry, and discover how microbes can be used on an industrial scale to benefit humankind.

This course will equip you with an understanding of how microbes are used on an industrial scale. An advanced understanding of molecular and computational biologies together with knowledge of microbiological techniques at the forefront of technology will equip you for a future in biotechnology or allied industries.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Biotechnology

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Bedfordshire

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees



    September and March

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

A good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in Honours degree in a medical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, biological, chemical science or a related science subject from a recognised university or HE institution. The university also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with appropriate work experience.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent; OR evidence that you have been instructed and assessed predominantly in English for a significant part of your educational career

Assessment methods

Each unit of study has three summative assessment points and when each is marked you will be provided with feedback that is designed to show you where you are meeting/exceeding the standards and where/how you can/should make further improvement. The final assessment in each of the taught units is a formal written examination.

Other assessments will include laboratory reports, research proposals, poster/oral presentations. The research project is assessed in three parts: first, the use and maintenance of a project notebook; second, production of a formal project dissertation; and finally, an oral presentation with associated question and answering session.

Progression route

MSc by research – a practical, research based masters’ degree. PhD research in biotechnology or a related area.

Career opportunities

Research and development in industry, academia or government laboratories.


  • Molecular Biology – 30 credits
  • Computational Biology – 30 credits
  • Analytical Methods – 30 credits
  • Applied Microbiology – 30 credits
  • Laboratory Based Research Project (Biotechnology) – 60 credits


Reasons for choosing this course

The aim of the course is to provide you with an understanding of how microbes can be used to benefit humankind. New technologies in molecular biology, microbiology and computational biology will be taught and it will be shown how these methodologies are applied in biotechnology industries and the underlying biochemistry explained at an advanced level. A laboratory based project will be offered in one of the four taught themes – (i) molecular biology, (ii) computational biology, (iii) applied microbiology and (iv) analytical biology to provide our graduates with the laboratory skills required for subsequent employment in biotech/pharmaceutical industries or academia.

The course has been designed to develop you as a graduate who is able to:

  • apply an understanding of molecular and computational biologies to advance research and development challenges in applied microbiology
  • contribute practical expertise to multi-specialist research and development teams
  • access data and information at the forefront biotechnology and apply it in new situations
  • independently learn and recognise the need for continuing professional development

In addition to the formally assessed aspects of the course, all students are provided with additional training and other opportunities that can boost your skills and attractiveness to employers. For example:

  • training in the use of computer-based literature searching techniques and databases
  • the use of professional bibliographic management software
  • the need to consider ethics as a normal part of working, and where appropriate, and seek formal ethical approval for work to be undertaken
  • the need to consider health and safety aspects of work to ensure that the risks to people and property is reduced to a legally and morally acceptable level
  • a seminar programme that includes speakers from industry that are invited particularly to describe what is expected from potential and actual employees


Main learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates should be able to:-

  • Demonstrate systematic understanding and a critical awareness of new technologies in molecular biology
  • Show significant knowledge and understanding of the principles of recombinant protein expression and development process
  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of nucleotide and protein sequence databases and the tools to model 3-dimensional protein structures with molecular modelling software
  • Show systematic understanding of those industrial processes to exploit the use of microbes for a specific product or application
  • Use assured, accurate and fluent language to present work both orally and in written form including use of graphs and images to clearly illustrate complex points
  • Synthesise and effectively use information from relevant sources and to independently and critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the relevant subject areas
  • Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in laboratory based research
  • Apply a range of transferable skills (initiative, personal responsibility, effective communication and decision-making) that include clear demonstration of independent learning commensurate with that expected from postgraduate students. This includes a detailed understanding of the social, moral and ethical considerations associated with any proposed research activity.