Coventry University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Biotechnology with Professional Experience (Taught)

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Course summary

This master’s course is designed to expand your knowledge of the molecular, biochemical, cell biological and genetic techniques underpinning modern biotechnology and how they can be used to solve real world problems and benefit society. We aim to provide hands-on practical experience of both laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. We will train you in biotechnology research strategies so that you have the chance to gain an understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge and research, opportunities for innovation, regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues. We will also consider some of the contemporary issues facing biotechnology, such as gene therapy and gene editing, biofuels, bioremediation, genetically modified foods, and food biotechnology. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project/dissertation in an area of biotechnology that interests you. As a guide, past students have researched the following areas: gene therapy; the cytotoxic, antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity of phytochemicals; novel antimalarial drugs; the use of bacteriophage to remove biofilms; and the use of novel enzymes in biofuel production. If you choose to apply for the extended 'With Professional Experience' route, you will have the opportunity to gain substantive professional experience and have the option of applying for an internship* with a host of different organisations or participate in supervised, campus-based projects. Successful graduates of this course should have gained exceptional scientific understanding and a host of cognitive, practical and professional skills. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice. *Internships are subject to competitive application, availability,additional fees and meeting any applicable visa requirements.

Course details


Your main study themes are: Research Techniques in Biotechnology: This module aims to provide a comprehensive laboratory programme including culture of micro-organisms, mammalian cells, plant cells and viruses. Students should also extend their experience and understanding of molecular biology and analytical chemistry techniques that are core to modern biotechnology and further develop understanding and application of bioinformatics and statistics. Principles of Biotechnology: This module aims to develops students’ theoretical understanding of the global impact of biotechnology, including economic aspects, legislation and ethical considerations. Students should extend their knowledge of essential molecular biology which underpins modern biotechnology. This includes the theoretical aspects of modern genome science, genetic engineering, gene therapy, synthetic biology and transgenic organisms. Critical Review in Biotechnology: This module aims to develop students’ skills as a critical reader of scientific literature. It will bring together understanding of the current knowledge base in biotechnology together with the laboratory and data analysis methods that are commonly employed. Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology: The module aims to provide students with an insight into the interdisciplinary approaches that are employed in environmental and industrial biotechnology. Students will explore, both through literature research and practical experimentation, processes such as biocatalysis, bioremediation, biofuel technologies, functional foods and biosensors. Medicinal Biotechnology: Students should learn the impact of modern biotechnology on health, focussing on the applications of biologically derived products in the prevention and treatment of disease. Students should extend their team working skills through a collaborative laboratory project, and their scientific communication skills and confidence through regular student led journal club meetings. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2:2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as Bioscience or Biological Chemistry. Applicants with a degree in another discipline or with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Fees and funding

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Biotechnology with Professional Experience at Coventry University - UCAS