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5017f - Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc

Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc

Start in: September 2021

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

Overview

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

You'll 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)

This Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology master's also explores areas of related interest in biotechnology, such as:

  • bioethics
  • 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.

Modules

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.

How you'll learn

Your future

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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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

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)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Academic Secretary
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4848
Email: snes.programme.enquiries@ncl.ac.uk

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