University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Biotechnology (Healthcare Technologies) (Taught)

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Course summary

Study the rapidly developing field of biotechnology and get ready for a career finding solutions for global healthcare challenges. This course will give you an understanding of how the molecular and cellular mechanisms of biological systems can be utilised and manipulated to improve diagnostic tools and drug therapies to solve real-world biological problems. You'll gain the skills and expertise required for future developments in biotechnology, along with specialist knowledge in biotechnology for healthcare. Course specifics From creating vaccines for global pandemics to using DNA sequencing to diagnose genetic diseases, biotechnologies in healthcare are helping millions of people worldwide to live longer, healthier lives. Along with a core module in biotechnology, you'll study three specific modules so you're ready to help innovate modern healthcare: Biosensors and their use in disease monitoring. Tissue engineering: looking at how cell biology and materials science can be combined to develop strategies for tissue replacement and repair. Drug discovery and the use of biotechnology to create drugs similar to molecules already found in the human body. You'll also take a unit focussing on the wider challenges of global environmental sustainability, giving you the opportunity to develop and use skills in entrepreneurship, teaching, media and communication, or public engagement. Research projects As a key part of the course, you'll undertake two research projects: Research project 1 is a group project based in the lab working with colleagues on the course and using cutting-edge CRISPR/Cas 9 gene editing techniques. Research project 2 is a more in-depth individual project running for the summer semester. You'll work in a research team within the Faculties of Science or Engineering & Design. This includes the possibility of publishing your research at the end of the project. Examples of final projects offered to our current Molecular Biosciences with Biotechnology stream include:

  • Generating genetic models of Type 2 Diabetes in zebrafish.
  • Targeted Protein Degradation as new therapeutics.
  • Reprogramming of pancreatic cells to hepatocyte-like cells for use in drug toxicity testing.


This course lasts 1 year, or 2 years with a placement in industry. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Units In addition to the units studied during the course, you'll have access to online study materials two weeks before the start of semester 1, to help you prepare for study at Bath. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. All compulsory units Advances in molecular biotechnology Broadening horizons Research project 1A Research project 2 Optional course units These are examples of current modules available on the Healthcare Technologies stream. Tissue engineering Biosensors Techniques for drug discovery

Assessment method

Coursework Essay Online assessment Presentations Written examination Other

Entry requirements

British qualifications You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor's honours degree or international equivalent. To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in any biosciences, medical or biomedical-based subject, such as biosciences, medical, veterinary, biotechnology, life sciences, pharmacy or pharmacology, or in biochemical engineering or technology. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages:
Biotechnology (Healthcare Technologies) at University of Bath - UCAS