Biotechnology at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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Course summary

Our MSc course in Biotechnology is about discovery and innovation of novel products and translation of knowledge into application. The emphasis of the course is about the impact of modern biotechnological tools and approaches to address today's global challenges, from food to therapeutics. You'll learn about fundamental cellular mechanisms, genetic manipulations of biological systems and production processes. You will be trained in high throughput technologies in taught modules such as advanced molecular methods and be equipped with strong research and professional skills throughout the curriculum. Industrial and commercial aspects of biotechnology bring you closer to the current trends and careers in the field. You can specialise in plant, microbial or animal biotechnology:

  • Plant pathway – provides the theory and practical skills in plant genetic manipulation, plant breeding, crop improvement and genome research.
  • Microbial pathway – study gene expression and metabolic engineering of micro-organisms. You'll gain theory and practical skills on the use of microbial production platforms for various end purposes such as therapeutics and biofuels.
  • Animal pathway – gain specialist knowledge and practical skills, from reproductive biotechnologies to stem cell therapies.
Research project You can carry out the project on campus or as part of an industrial placement. Placements in industry will be subject to meeting academic requirements. The majority of the course is delivered at Sutton Bonington Campus, with one taught module being delivered at Jubilee Campus. Research projects are hosted by supervisors based at Sutton Bonington and University Park Campus.


Core modules will provide practical experience in essential laboratory techniques. These include biochemical methods and molecular biological techniques. You'll focus on transgenic methods and the use of bioinformatics. You'll study the latest trends in biotechnology development. This covers products in the food, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. You'll gain an understanding of technological innovation. This will help you in the commercialisation and marketing of new products. In this module, we will highlight ethical concerns on the use of genetically modified systems. Professional skills are essential for career development. We'll train you in the skills required to gain success within the global job market. You'll evaluate your own skills, interests, and experiences to identify suitable opportunities.

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in biotechnology, plant sciences, animal sciences, microbiology, genetics or veterinary medicine IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

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Biotechnology at University of Nottingham - UCAS