University of Portsmouth - MSc Biotechnology

University of Portsmouth

MSc Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the fastest growing research and development sector in the UK. There’s no better time to turn your ambition into a postgraduate qualification that’ll help open doors to an exciting career in the field.

On this MSc Biotechnology degree course, you’ll learn the theory and knowledge you'll need to succeed in the industry. You’ll unpack the molecular tools that are used to solve global issues, and tailor your studies to the areas of biotechnology that match your interests and career ambitions.

As a Master of Biotechnology, you can pursue roles in companies from innovative start ups, to global corporations, taking on roles such as a research scientist, business associate or sales representative. You could also continue studying to PhD level.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Career Prospects

This Master's degree in biotechnology focuses on specializing in the development of life-improving technologies, strategies, and products in the biotechnology sector. Graduates gain practical skills to operate successfully in this pioneering field or can pursue a research degree. Post-graduation, graduates can pursue roles such as research scientist, business associate, sales representative, forensic interpretations team leader, molecular pathologist, bone densitometry technician, data analyst, clinical trials assistant, and account executive. Companies that have employed graduates include Cellmark Ltd, Portsmouth Trust NHS, Publicis Health, and Eli Lilly.
The student enterprise team offers support and advice for those interested in starting their own business, while the Careers and Employability Centre provides expert career support for up to five years after graduation. The female student standing at the careers and employability help desk offers networking events, applied projects with employers, 1-to-1 appointments, CV and cover letter advice, interview preparation and practice, workshops to enhance employability skills, and recruitment events, including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair.

Routes you could pursue include:

  • research scientist
  • business associate
  • sales representative
  • forensic interpretations team leader
  • molecular pathologist
  • bone densitometry technician
  • data analyst
  • clinical trials assistant
  • account executiv

Course Details

The Master's degree program at Portsmouth University offers a comprehensive, specialized program for international students. The program is divided into two years: full-time study and part-time study. Full-time students will spend 37 hours per week, including independent study and teaching, while part-time students will spend 18 hours per week. Between February and June, full-time students are expected to be on campus Monday-Friday for project work.
The Master's study is more specialized than an undergraduate degree, allowing students to focus on a specific topic and work closely with academics committed to the subject. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, worships, and practical work. Assessments will be conducted through written exams, practical work, problem-solving presentations, essays, and project work. Students can test their skills and knowledge informally before undergoing assessments that count towards their final mark. Feedback on both practice and formal assessments is available to help students improve in the future.

Course Modules

Core Modules
Bioinformatics and Omics - 30 credits
Biotechnology Research Skills and Project - 60 credits
Molecular Biotechnology - 30 credits
Optional Modules
Biotechnology Enterprise - 30 credits
Engineering Animals - 30 credits
Environmental Microbiology - 30 credits
Molecular Medicine - 30 credits

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