Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in a science-based or an equivalent qualification which includes experience in genetics, molecular biology and/or their relevant areas. Those with other appropriate qualifications should contact Admissions.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly growing fields within applied sciences, having applications from the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, through to the enhancement of food production. Due to the potential impact on human life, the importance of biotechnology is currently very high in both the public and scientific agenda.

The main focus of the course will be on molecular biotechnology. Molecular biology, (molecular) genetics and bioinformatics form the 'backbone' of biotechnology, and different aspects of these feature in a number of modules. A thorough understanding of the link between DNA, RNA and protein is pivotal.

You will study gene expression and protein production and purification, and applications thereof in different biotechnological fields. In addition to developing subject-based expertise and skills, you will consider the many global issues associated with recent biotechnological advances.

This course will give you access to a field of study which will have a major impact in the future of science. It is specifically designed to expand your knowledge and insight in the science underpinning biotechnological principles. In addition, it will help you to apply knowledge and skills in addressing specific biotechnological problems in the fields of animal, plant and microbial biotechnology.

The course will enhance your career opportunities in the biotechnological industries, enabling you to take full advantage of opportunities that will ensue from the expansion of this area and/or prepare you for further academic research.

The modules are assessed via combinations of coursework, laboratory reports and examination.

Many of our graduates have entered exciting careers, either in a research capacity or working within the biotechnology or biochemistry industries. Alternatively, you may prefer to apply for a PhD and continue your studies.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-21 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions office
0191 227 4444