Postgraduate

Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc

Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc

Full time: 12 months

Profile

Our MSc is for students from a variety of backgrounds with varied levels of biotechnology experience. You will develop an understanding of contemporary molecular biology and biotechnology principles and practices. You will also gain the skills and knowledge base required for employment in the biotechnology industry.

This course covers the scientific principles needed to give you an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology. It helps you to develop generic practical skills in:

  • handling micro-organisms
  • molecular biological techniques
  • data analysis

You will examine:

  • the production of novel biological compounds 
  • the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants
  • the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products
  • use and exploitation of genetically modified organisms (GMO)

The course also explores areas of related interest in biotechnology, such as:

  • bioethics
  • regulatory affairs
  • the role of intellectual property and commercialisation 

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Student profile

I enjoy learning to manipulate the genetics of organisms in order to bring benefits to human life, such as researching the creation of transgenic plants that can resist pests.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

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Work experience

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Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.

MSc

UK

Full time: £10,200

EU

Full time: £10,200

International

Full time: £21,600

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as:

  • biology
  • biotechnology
  • bioscience
  • biological sciences
  • pharmacy

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

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Student profile

Biotechnology is the subject area of Biology that I enjoyed the most during my Biology undergraduate degree. I also hoped that studying on a Master’s course would increase my prospects of getting a job once I leave University. I am also considering eventually applying for PhD’s and I felt that a Master’s course would help me confirm my area of interest and increase my chances of securing a PhD place.

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