Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc

Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc

Full time: 12 months


This course will develop your molecular biology skills underpinned by biotechnology. You will also gain the skills and knowledge required for employment in the industry.

About this course

About this course

Biotechnology is present in all our everyday lives. It could include:

  • developing and modifying the enzymes in biological washing powder
  • research into generating high-value biofuels
  • protecting the crops growing in our fields.

Our Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc:

  • provides an opportunity to experience and refine molecular biology skills
  • covers many aspects of applied biotechnological applications
  • creates networks between fundamental research, the application of biotech solutions to modelling of large-scale bioprocess engineering
  • develops your independent research skills


Student profile

I am considering eventually applying for PhD’s and I felt that a Master’s course will help me confirm my area of interest and increase my chances of securing a PhD place.

Kimberly's student profile

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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Graduates have been successful in taking PhD studentships at Newcastle and other UK Universities, leading them into successful academic careers both in the UK and worldwide. In recent years several students have secured places at the Max Planck Institute, a highly prestigious research centre in Germany.

More recently, several graduates have started jobs in the North East and across the UK that directly use the skills developed in their MSc degree.

Graduate destinations

Careers Service

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.



Full time: £10,950


Full time: £10,950


Full time: £23,400

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

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 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

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English Language Requirements

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

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

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.

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.


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.