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:
- regulatory affairs
- the role of intellectual property and commercialisation
The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has an outstanding range of facilities to support our research and teaching, including:
- fully equipped teaching and research laboratories
- lab scale fermentation of novel biological compounds
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- BIO8043 Practical Techniques in Molecular Biology
- BIO8044 Gene Technology
- BIO8045 Genetically Engineered Organisms: Food, Pharmaceutical and Industrial Sectors
- BIO8046 Applied Bioinformatics
- BIO8096 MSc Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology Thesis
- CME8020 Modelling and Control in Bioprocess Systems
Optional modulesOptional modules
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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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £10,200
Full time: £10,200
Full time: £21,600
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as:
- biological sciences
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
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.
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.