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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biotechnology Energy Economics / Management / Conservation

Course type


Course Summary

What is special about this course?

Algal biotechnology is a rapidly expanding discipline that seeks to understand and harness the resources of some of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet.

Algae are comprised of microscopic photosynthetic organisms and macroscopic seaweeds, and are key to human life on earth, producing much of the oxygen that we breathe and underpinning the base of freshwater and marine food chains. Furthermore, algae and their natural products have a huge range of current and potential applications for humans: developing applications include pharmaceuticals, pigments, nutraceuticals, biofuels, enzymes, fertilisers, and bioremediation materials, on earth and even for space applications.

The aim of this programme is to produce highly motivated and trained scientists in the sphere of Algal Biotechnology, with the skills, knowledge and abilities to compete effectively within the employment market of this rapidly expanding area of research and commercial application.

Special features

  • Learn from experts in the algal biotechnology field
  • The course is delivered by scientists from: the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), a leading institute in algal research; the wider UHI network; and other sector experts
  • Theory and practical sessions, including residential experiences
  • Train using the latest equipment at SAMS and CCAP
  • Small class sizes, plus networking across courses and modules
  • Amazing marine location in the highlands and islands of Scotland
  • Opportunities to carry out research abroad
  • Opportunities to participate in professional skills courses, which cover a range of topics such as: presentation skills; poster design; CV and grant writing skills; science communications; and the art of networking

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider the following career paths:

  • Companies growing algae at scale for high value products or aquaculture
  • Starting your own company
  • Scientific research assistant


This module will provide the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in the use of genomics and metabolomics. Knowledge in these areas is highly sought after across a wide range of research, commercial and industrial biotechnological settings, not least in the field of algal biotechnology.

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Entry requirements

You need 2:2 honours degree or above in a relevant biological or other biology- related STEM subject. Other degree routes, third or ordinary degrees will be considered on application and based on interview.