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

Biotechnology is essential to the ongoing development of life-improving technologies, strategies and products. Biotechnologists work to design new scientific approaches by engineering cells, tissues and organisms, which are applied to everything from medicines to biofuels.

The UK biotechnology sector is booming, making it a great time and place to study this area of life science. As of 2021, the UK is known as the third global life sciences cluster, rivalling San Francisco and Boston Massachusetts, and is home to 6,300 life science companies.

When you graduate with a Master's in Biotechnology, you'll have the skills and professional experience to pursue a career in this pioneering field.

What jobs can you do with a Biotechnology degree?

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

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities to build your CV for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Course Details

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 

180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

On this MSc Biotechnology course you'll study four core modules and one optional module.

Core M


  • Biotechnology Research Skills and Project – 60 credits
  • Engineering Animals – 30 credits
  • Bioinformatics and Omics – 30 credits
  • Molecular Biotechnology – 30 credits



  • Molecular Medicine – 30 credits
  • Biotechnology Enterprise – 30 credits

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