Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time
Health & Life Sciences
Course starting dates
Lanarkshire: January, September
This MSc Biotechnology equips you for a career in the biotechnology/life science profession or enables you to progress to PhD study. Designed and delivered with industry input, the course will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and practical skills relevant to the biotechnology industry; advance your understanding of the industry; and grow your research skills.
An appreciation of the principles of commercialisation in the biotechnology industry will be developed through a bio-industry or work-related learning module.
You will develop practical laboratory skills throughout the programme in areas such as molecular biology, microbiology and bioanalysis.
Graduates will find employment within the life science industry in the UK or abroad; alternatively many continue their studies to PhD level at home or internationally.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
You must have gained a second class BSc (Hons) or equivalent in Bioscience, Biotechnology or a related science degree.
You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
Our course offers current theory and practical skills in a range of relevant techniques including microbiology, immunology, and cell culture. The MSc is awarded on successful completion of 180 credits at Level 11. If you are a full-time student then you will study three 20 credit modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and a 60 credit research project in Trimester 3.
Modules you will study include:
Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project.
Students can add a bracketed title of ‘Professional Practice’ to their MSc by undertaking an additional 60 credits of industrial placement over an extra trimester. This will benefit you by being able to immediately apply your new knowledge into the work environment giving you a competitive advantage in the employment market.
International students can also undertake our pre-sessional English course over one trimester at the beginning of the course which would allow the MSc to be completed full-time over two years.
A variety of teaching methods will be used to ensure that you remain engaged, motivated and challenged to learn. This will include:
Assessment across our course will require you to use various forms of written and oral presentation appropriate to a professional scientist. This will include:
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
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An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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