Taught course

Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology

Newcastle University · School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as biology, biotechnology, bioscience, biological sciences or pharmacy.

Months of entry


Course content

Biotechnology is present in all our everyday lives. It could include:

  • developing and modifying the enzymes in biological washing powder
  • research into generating high-value biofuels
  • protecting the crops growing in our fields.

Our Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc:

  • provides an opportunity to experience and refine molecular biology skills
  • covers many aspects of applied biotechnological applications
  • creates networks between fundamental research, the application of biotech solutions to modelling of large-scale bioprocess engineering
  • develops your independent research skills.

The United Nations has identified that having adequate food security to provide food for everyone is a key goal. One aspect of this course investigates how biotechnology can deliver maximum crop yields without converting more land to agriculture. It includes approaches that:

  • make crops more resilient
  • produce more sustainable and less environmentally damaging pesticides.

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Information for international students

English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 191 208 4848