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Full time | Lanarkshire Campus | 1 year | SEP

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course type


Course Summary


This MSc Biotechnology equips you for a career in the biotechnology/life science profession or enables you to progress to PhD study. The MSc is career-focused and will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and practical skills relevant to the biotechnology industry; advance your understanding of the industry; and grow your research skills.

Practical learning

Work-related learning and an appreciation of the biotechnology industry is embedded throughout the MSc and you will develop practical laboratory skills in areas such as molecular biology, microbiology and bioanalysis.

For those successfully completing the MSc Biotechnology, there is the option to undertake a professional practice placement (biotechnology/life sciences) at the end of their studies. Please note though that this will extend the duration of the course typically by an additional three months. However, you will exit with the degree MSc Biotechnology (Professional Practice).

The practical nature of the course means that graduates will readily find employment within the life science industry in the UK or abroad; alternatively many continue their studies to PhD level at home or internationally.

A variety of teaching methods will be used to ensure that you remain engaged, motivated and challenged to learn. This will include:

  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Group working
  • Interactive workshops
  • Critical thinking and reflection
  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving

Students can also exit with PG Dip and PG Cert awards.


Microbial Technology (20 Credits) - Core
Bioanalysis (20 Credits) - Core
MSc Biotechnology Research Project Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core
Research & Commercialisation in Biotechnology (20 Credits) - Core
Postgraduate Research Methods (10 Credits) - Core
Research Techniques in Biotechnology (10 Credits) - Core
Risk Management (10 Credits) - Core
Nucleic Acid & Protein Technology (20 Credits) - Core
Interpersonal Skills & Change Management (10 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must have gained a second class (minimum 2:2) BSc (Hons) in Bioscience, Biotechnology or a related science degree. You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.