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PgDip Biotechnology

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
9 Months
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
25900 GBP
National
13000 GBP
EU
13000 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Biological Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92
GMAT (avg)600
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About this course

Changing demographics and growing demand for food, fuel and agricultural and environmental sustainability are among the key challenges the world faces today.

In this MSc you will learn research and development skills to enable the creation of new products and services. You will investigate the economic basis for current biotechnology structures and areas of future demand, including the global pharmaceutical industry and carbon sequestration.

You will learn how technology can be applied to solve pressing real-world biological problems and gain the skills and expertise needed for future developments in biotechnology.

Career opportunities
The programme will open up a wide variety of career opportunities, ranging from sales and marketing, to research and development, to manufacturing and quality control and assurance.

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Eligibility Criteria

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, with a strong background in biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, plant sciences or related sciences.


English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)
  • If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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Course Modules

This programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project or industrial placement, leading to a dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Economics and Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
  • Intelligent Agriculture
  • Research Project Proposal
  • MSc Dissertation (Biotechnology).

Option courses:

  • Biobusiness
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
  • Drug Discovery
  • Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Enzymology and Biological Production
  • Gene Expression and Microbial Regulation
  • Industry & Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
  • Management of R&D and Product Innovation
  • Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
  • Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Biochemistry A
  • Principles of Industrial Biotechnology
  • Environmental Gene Mining and Metagenomics

Research and laboratory work
There will be a considerable practical element to the programme. You will work in a biotechnology laboratory and learn how experimental technology is designed and operated.

Industrial placement
Your dissertation can be based on a laboratory-based project or an industrial placement. You can work with employers in the thriving Scottish biotechnology sector in areas such as multiple sclerosis research (Aquila BioMedical), vaccines research (BigDNA) or biorecovery and bioregeneration (Recyclatec).

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How to Apply

  • You must submit a reference with your application.

Before you apply, you should make sure you meet the entrance requirements of your chosen degree, and contact us to discuss your proposed programme of study.

Entry requirements

  • To study at postgraduate level, you will need to meet our academic and English language entry requirements.

Supporting documents

When you apply, you will need to upload:

  • A transcript with all of your results achieved to date
  • Copies of your degree/diploma certificate, if you have already completed your qualification
  • References, if these are required for the application to your chosen programme
  • Evidence of your competence in written and spoken English, if English is not your first language
  • Certified translations, if your original documents are not in English
  • A research proposal, if this is required for the application to your chosen programme
  • To make sure your application is processed in the fastest possible time, you should upload your supporting documents along with your application. We can't make a decision on your application until we have received all your relevant documents.

 

Academic qualifications

  • To study at postgraduate level, you must normally hold a degree in an appropriate subject, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK).
  • We may also accept equivalent qualifications or work experience.
  • Specific entry requirements vary between degree programmes and you should confirm you have the necessary qualifications before applying.
  • You will find the minimum academic entry requirements and more details on your chosen programme in our degree finder.

Applying online

  • Once you've found your programme, look for the “Apply” button in the “Applying” section.
  • Choose the option with your preferred award, study mode and start date, then choose "Apply" to begin your application.
  • The application form contains guidance on how to complete each section.
  • The first step in the online application asks for your basic details. This includes your email address.
  • You do not need to complete the application in full; you can save a partially completed application. If you do this, an email will be sent to you that provide a link to allow you to return to the application to complete it.

After you apply

  • After you've applied you will be able to track the progress of your application using our Applicant Hub. You can also accept or decline any offers through the Hub.

Accepting the offer

  • Make sure you read your offer carefully and follow the instructions on how to accept using the Applicant Hub.
  • At the time of accepting an offer you are not committing yourself financially or academically to the University, but an early indication of your response does help us to manage the admissions process.
  • We will send you confirmation when we receive your acceptance.

 

 

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