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Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Bio-business MSc

Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Bio-business MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Biotechnology Bioinformatics

Course type


Course Summary

This is an industry and innovation focused programme in a high growth discipline and industry area, which has seen significant advantages from easier commercial scale up methods and newer Industry 4.0 technologies. You are encouraged to refine your research and look at ways of commercialising scientific ideas. Aberdeen has strengths in pharmacy and life sciences and a high spin-out business rate in biotechnology and pharmacology.

Biotechnology is one of the highest areas of income and GDP within the UK and a rapidly growing area in terms of innovation potential and spin out company formation. This is due in part to the recent innovations in methods to scale up production in a cost-effective way, to allow for a wider range of start-ups to enter the market. Innovations Centres in Scotland, England and other countries further support new methods of commercialising science.

Courses include a mix of compulsory and optional modules in: Basic Skills Induction, Introduction to Bio – Business and the Commercialisation of Biosciences Research, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Molecular Genetics, Introduction to Microbiology, Applied Statistics, Advanced Bio – Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research, Advanced Biotechnology, Advanced Bioinformatics and Genome Sequencing, Biologic Drug Discovery, Regulation in Microbial Adaptation and your project

  • You are given the opportunity to refine your skills to become an ‘ideas’ person.
  • You are taught by world leading researchers in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Bio-business in one of the largest health campuses in Europe
  • The School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition offers some impressive facilities and historical innovation. Facilities are multidisciplinary across a large health campus and regional hospital site which include: Institute of Dentistry, Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Campus, Inverness Campus and several centres and research groups.
  • Medicine is ranked 2nd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020)
  • Institutes include: Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences, and the Rowett Institute
  • Innovations include Nobel Prizes for research leading to Insulin to treat diabetes, recognition and work to prevent hunger globally, (1949) and the invention of partition chromatography (1952), plus the invention of the MRI scanner

Aberdeen offers plenty of scope to expand your skills and knowledge in one of the largest health campuses in Europe, which offers you the ability to dip into all areas of health science in terms of networks, events and acquiring knowledge. You have a great range of facilities to work with, scientists of note will guide you and you follow an impressive research and innovation heritage at the University in the life science area. You gain sound knowledge and skills to widen your knowledge base and commercialise science including the latest genomics and DNA sequencing, small drug molecule discovery and production, molecular genetics and knowledge to protect and exploit your intellectual property.

The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 by visionary Bishop Elphinstone at Kings College, Aberdeen. It is the 5th oldest university in the UK and provides a stunningly beautiful backdrop to studying at the university. Many of its original subjects are taught today and it continues to attract global academics and professional staff. Further facilities include a stunning blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views over the city, food and drink outlets, a botanic garden, and more. Aberdeen city is a world energy hub with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands.

Different course options

Full time | University of Aberdeen | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Basic Skills - Induction - Core
Introduction to Bio - Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research - Core
Generic Skills - Core
Bioinformatics - Core
Biotechnology - Core
Small Molecule Drug Discovery - Optional
Molecular Genetics - Optional
Introduction to Microbiology - Optional
Applied Statistics - Optional
Advanced Bio - Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research - Core
Advanced Biotechnology - Core
Advanced Bioinformatics and Genome Sequencing - Core
Beyond Your Degree - Core
Biologic Drug Discovery - Optional
Regulation in Microbial Adaption - Optional
Research Project 2 - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Upper second biological or biomedical science or similar

University information

The University of Aberdeen is 5th oldest university in the UK and 3rd oldest university in Scotland. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 to provide academic learning across many of the subjects it teaches and researches today. Aberdeen attracts over 3,500 postgraduate students internationally, studying on campus and online. There are 12 schools: Business School Divinity, History and Philosophy Education Language,...more

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