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
The United Nations has identified that having adequate food security to provide food for everyone is a key goal. One aspect of this course investigates how biotechnology can deliver maximum crop yields without converting more land to agriculture. It includes approaches that:
- make crops more resilient
- produce more sustainable and less environmentally damaging pesticides
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What you'll learn
- 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)
This Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology master's also explores areas of related interest in biotechnology, such as:
- regulatory affairs
- the role of intellectual property and commercialisation
You will also consider how DNA technologies can screen for and improve the action of antimicrobial compounds.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
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How you'll learn
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Computer assessment
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Oral presentation
- Practical lab report
- Problem-solving exercises
- Written examination
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
What can you do with a masters in biotechnology?
Graduates have been successful in taking PhD studentships at Newcastle and other UK Universities. This has led 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 Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc degree.
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Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
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
- access to bioinformatics software and literature resources
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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