Taught course

Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

Imperial College London · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Graduates with a first class or upper second class Honours degree in biochemistry, biology or a related subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard are welcome to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology aims to:

  • Attract highly motivated students from the UK and overseas.
  • To equip graduates to pursue careers in bioscience and biotechnology either in industry or academic research.
  • Produce graduates with an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies underlying current biotechnological research.
  • To enable students to develop the transferable qualities and skills required for employment or research in the biosciences sector.
  • Produce bioscience graduates with training in relevant business and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Provide a training in laboratory and research skills.
  • Meet the global need for graduates who can successfully contribute to the rapidly developing industrial biotechnology sector.

The biotechnology sector has grown rapidly in recent years and there are increasing career opportunities worldwide for experienced graduates who have been trained in advanced molecular bioscience, systems biology and ‘omics’ technologies, together with exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation. Demand for these skills is predicted to increase sharply over the next decade due to investment in the “green economy”, notably in the areas of bioenergy and industrial biotechnology. Moreover glycoprotein biopharmaceuticals comprise an increasing proportion of new drugs and their development, manufacture and quality control demands interdisciplinary skills in applied biosciences and biotechnology which can only be gained via advanced training at postgraduate level.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work20
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Professor Anne Dell