University of Glasgow

Degree level: Postgraduate

Biotechnology (Taught)

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Course summary

Help solve real world problems with advanced practical knowledge underpinning modern biotechnology and molecular genetic technologies. The aim of this programme is to train you in a broad range of topics including environmental biotechnology, synthetic biology, plant engineering, stem cell therapies and vaccine development. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • Top 20 in the UK for Biological Sciences (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • Extensive laboratory-based teaching covering a wide range of practical skills in molecular biology, microbiology, synthetic biology, protein expression, protein purification and more.
  • Gain a sound understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge and research, their opportunities for innovation and regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues.
  • Learn to assess current literature, be encouraged to form opinions based on scientific merit, and implement these ideas in future research planning.
  • Taught by experts in the field of Biotechnology who run active, internationally recognised, research groups here at Glasgow.
  • Network within the industry through site visits, guest lectures and an 'Industrial Networking Symposium' where representatives from the European biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry discuss their companies and answer questions on working in the industrial sector.
  • Receive hands-on experience of diverse biotechnological research skills with a strong laboratory component making up the programme throughout the year.
  • Get valuable training through our flexible, independent, research project for students wishing to proceed to a PhD or into an industrial career. This may also be completed as a business-based project.
  • Opportunities to carry out a 10-week lab-based research project in a research intensive university.
  • Wide choice of research projects.
  • Lectures in industrial and environmental microbiology, protein expression, synthetic biology, optogenetics, bioremediation and other applications of biotechnology.
  • A choice of courses on plant biotechnology, omics technologies or bioimaging.
  • Gain transferable skills in science writing and presentations; reading and interpreting the scientific literature; experimental design, data handling, data analysis, and reporting of results.
PROGRAMME STRUCTURE The programme is made up of teaching modules and an independent research project. Each taught module explores different aspects of biotechnology, while the project allows you to specialise the degree through a chosen field of research. Core Courses MOLECULAR RESEARCH SKILLS INDUSTRIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS RECOMBINANT PROTEIN EXPRESSION SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS BIOTECHNOLOGY PROJECT Optional Courses TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALISATION OF BIOSCIENCE RESEARCH INTRODUCTION TO NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING BIOINFORMATICS OMIC ANALYSES FOR THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES: FROM GENOMICS TO METABOLOMIC BIO-IMAGING FOR RESEARCH SCIENTISTS PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY

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How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'international'.

Entry requirements

A second-class Honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area – biology, microbiology, biotechnology or biochemistry – although applicants with a degree in other areas may be considered. Professional experience may also be taken into account. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website. https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via gla.ac.uk by searching for 'scholarships'.

Biotechnology at University of Glasgow - UCAS