Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MRes

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500
International: full time £15,490

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The programme provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research in academia and industry. It aims to equip you with an understanding of the principles and practices that underpin contemporary biotechnology and with the knowledge base and skills required for research or other employment in the biotechnology industry. The MRes can be taken either as a stand-alone qualification or act as an entry route onto a PhD.

The MRes is a research-based qualification with a taught component that is of an equivalent standard to an MSc. The programme covers the scientific principles necessary for an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology and develops generic practical skills in handling micro-organisms, molecular biological techniques and data analysis. In addition to two major research projects the taught modules examine the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants, the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products, and the production of novel biological compounds. The programme also explores areas of related interest such as bioethics, regulatory affairs and the role of intellectual property in biotechnology.


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+Entrance Requirements

A lower-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in biology, biotechnology, bioscience, biological sciences or pharmacy. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications who have been awarded a Master's degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

The MRes programmes begin at the end of September and applications are accepted at any time of year up until the closing dates.

The closing date for applications from overseas students is mid-June, UK and EU graduates are encouraged to apply before the end of July.  Under exceptional circumstances applications may be reviewed at the discretion of the MRes Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Recruitment Secretary
School of Biology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 246 4848

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Biological Sciences.