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Course summary

Algal biotechnology is a rapidly expanding discipline that seeks to understand and harness the resources of some of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet. Algae are comprised of microscopic photosynthetic organisms and macroscopic seaweeds, and are key to human life on earth, producing much of the oxygen that we breathe and underpinning the base of freshwater and marine food chains. Furthermore, algae and their natural products have a huge range of current and potential applications for humans: developing applications include pharmaceuticals, pigments, nutraceuticals, biofuels, enzymes, fertilisers, and bioremediation materials, on earth and even for space applications. The aim of this programme is to produce highly motivated and trained scientists in the sphere of Algal Biotechnology, with the skills, knowledge and abilities to compete effectively within the employment market of this rapidly expanding area of research and commercial application. Special features ◾Learn from experts in the algal biotechnology field ◾The course is delivered by scientists from: the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), a leading institute in algal research; the wider UHI network; and other sector experts ◾Theory and practical sessions, including residential experiences ◾Train using the latest equipment at SAMS and CCAP ◾Small class sizes, plus networking across courses and modules ◾Amazing marine location in the highlands and islands of Scotland ◾Opportunities to carry out research abroad How long will my course last? ◾Full-time: 1 year @ 35-40 hours per week


Entry requirements

◾2:2 honours degree or above in a relevant biological or other biology- related STEM subject ◾Other degree routes, third or ordinary degrees will be considered on application and based on interview ◾Applicants whose first language is not English must also have a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent – please see our English Language requirements guide for further details ◾All applicants will be required to attend an interview ◾Applying for September 2024 intake: ◾We are now accepting applications for our next intake of students starting in September 2024. ◾We will be running an online event on 26th October 2023, where you will have the opportunity to speak to experts in the algal biotechnology field and find out more about the theory and practical sessions that form part of the course. Further details about this event can be found on our Open Days page. ◾If you would like more information about the course, application deadlines, funding or visas, please contact us. ◾Scholarships: ◾There may be scholarships and bursaries available to fund your studies. For further information, please view our Fees/Funding tab.


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Algal Biotechnology and Bioeconomy at University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) - UCAS