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Biotechnology MSc

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Degree awarded
12 months full time
Entry requirements

You will need a 2(i) (upper second class honours) first degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications/experience.  Applicants with a 2(ii) will be considered and are welcome to apply.

Examples of relevant disciplines for your first degree are: chemical engineering, chemistry, analytical chemistry, analytical science, biochemistry, bioscience, biotechnology, bioengineering, biomaterials, biomedical engineering, bioprocessing, instrumentation, materials and process engineering.  Please contact us if you are not sure whether your first degree is suitable.

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How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Biotechnology is a growing and important industrial sector in a world where resources are becoming more scarce. Moreover, biological systems are very useful in biocatalysis for pharmaceutical and fine-chemical production. The School has world-leading investigators in this field of research with state-of-the-art resources in combination with modern infrastructure. Students benefit from this by undertaking world-class research in a dynamic environment. 

Who will benefit?

The course is ideal for new graduates and established scientists and engineers who wish to pursue studies into the engineering aspects of biotechnology at industrial level through studies of pharmaceuticals, medicine and food manufacturing.

What are the benefits to students?

  • Career prospects are good - there is great demand for our graduates in the biotechnology industries such as pharmaceuticals, medicine and food manufacturing

  • Biotechnology companies such as Astrazeneca, Avecia, Glaxosmithkline, Unilever and Syngenta operate in the North-West of England and the University enjoys close links with this thriving and growing industrial sector

  • You gain a qualification from a first class University with an excellent reputation amongst employers Your qualification will be internationally recognised enabling you to work all over the world

  • Teaching is provided by world-class experts in the field and you can benefit from their know-how and experience

  • You will gain many other skills to make you more employable such as report writing, data analysis and the ability to make presentations


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £19,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The University's postgraduate Scholarships Scheme is aimed at self-funding students from the UK/EU holding an offer of a place on a master's course beginning in September 2014. Students should have or expect to achieve a First Class or 2.1 honours degree and will also be required to meet additional criteria - please see for further information about the scheme and full eligibility criteria. The closing date for applications is 2nd June 2014.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Contact name
Miss Lisa Ogden
+44 (0)161 306 4149
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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