MSc Molecular Biotechnology with Advanced Research

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

Intended for graduates of the biological and biosciences, this course provides specialist knowledge of molecular biology and biotechnology. This exciting and fast-moving area of bioscience is having an enormous impact on biotechnology. Analysis and manipulation of genes and genomes have provided the foundation for the development of new diagnostic methods, biological drugs and improved enzymes and proteins. New vaccines, synthetic antibodies and improved crops have also benefitted from advances in molecular biotechnology.

Why choose this course?

  • You’ll be taught by expert university lecturers and researchers, many having extensive research experience in academic, pharmaceutical, industrial and biotechnology sectors.
  • Benefit from innovative guest lectures, delivered by leading researchers in the biotechnology industry.
  • Immerse yourself in our modern Science Building. We offer exceptional facilities for you to practice the latest techniques in QPCR and genome editing and molecular cloning. Use our laboratories for DNA analysis, Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics.
  • Graduates will be equipped to gain employment in a wide range of roles in the Biotechnology industry or further postgraduate study in the bioscience field.
  • We adopt a blended learning approach to teaching, focussing on problem-based scenarios so you can develop strong critical analysis skills. You’ll have substantial exposure to practical techniques and guaranteed laboratory-based research projects.
  • We offer extended 12-month research projects for successfully interviewed candidates.

What will I study?

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of molecular biology, genetics, cell biology and protein science. We’ll teach you advanced techniques in recombinant DNA technology, protein analysis, genomics and bioinformatics. You’ll study the latest plant and animal genome sequencing projects, gene-editing technology, next-generation DNA sequencing, high throughput analysis and bioinformatic data analysis. You’ll gain a critical understanding of applied molecular technologies for improvements in plant and animal systems. You’ll research progressive areas such as metabolic engineering and surface display systems.

This course has a strong practical basis giving you training in research methods and experience of laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. These include gene knockout methods and next-generation sequencing analysis. There are excellent facilities for biomolecular analysis, including cell culture, DNA and protein manipulation. Plus, you’ll have access to the latest equipment for PCR, qPCR and 2D protein gel analysis systems for use in laboratory experiments and project work.

Professional Accreditations

Subject to validation, this course will be accrediated by the Royal Society for Biology Accreditation.

What job can I get?

When you graduate, you can progress to work in a range of sectors, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, academic research, medical writing/science journalism, education, or patent law. You could also use your MSc Molecular Biotechnology with Advanced Research to underpin an application to study a research degree such as MRes, MSc by Research, or a PhD in a related field.

Subject to validation

This course is due to be validated at a Validation conditions event which will be held in June 2020.

We anticipate that there will be further enhancements made to the course as a result of the Validation.

Our website and printed literature will be updated following completion of the Validation process in order to provide applicants with further confirmed details on the following:

  • module titles
  • whether the modules are core or optional
  • the expected contact hours
  • how the course will be assessed
  • staff teaching on the course

Please note that some of the images and videos on our course pages may have been taken before social distancing rules in the UK came into force.