Taught course

Molecular Biosciences (Biotechnology)

University of Bath · Department of Biology and Biochemistry

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Entry requirements

You should have a first or strong second-class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent.
To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in any biosciences, medical, biomedical-based subject, such as biosciences, medical, veterinary, biotechnology, life sciences, pharmacy, phamacology or technology.
We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Biosciences research has a huge impact on helping people live longer and healthier lives. With the World Economic Forum identifying healthcare as one of the top 10 Global Challenges for 2030, there is a growing demand for specialists in this field.

This course provides you with a broad understanding of the molecular basis of biological systems, with a focus on how biotechnology can improve human health and disease, food biosecurity and sustainable biotechnologies.

Course highlights

  • Study at a Top 10 University, on a course designed in consultation with clinical and industrial partners to give you the skills employers are looking for.
  • Develop extensive knowledge in your specialist area of biotechnology, as well as a broad understanding of molecular biosciences.
  • Gain extensive research experience by carrying out two separate research projects.
  • Work in dedicated postgraduate labs to give you the laboratory exposure and specialist skills required by industry.
  • Work with leading researchers from both the Department of Biology & Biochemistry and our new Milner Centre for Evolution.
  • Further strengthen your employability with a project addressing the challenges of global environment sustainability, applying skills related to either entrepreneurship, teaching, media and communication, or public engagement.
  • Get support from your dedicated Personal Tutor who you can go to for academic and non-academic support.

Specialise in biotechnology

A rapidly advancing area, biotechnology harnesses the core principles of bioengineering to generate controlled processes or products related to the biopharmaceutical, industrial, healthcare, food or agro-industries. It covers a broad range of subjects from biochemistry, genetic and metabolic engineering, molecular cell biology, structural biology, systems and synthetic biology.

Areas of study could include the application of biotechnology in metabolic engineering, biopharmaceuticals, biomedicine, biocatalysis and algal biotechnologies in the production of biofuels or animal/industrial feedstocks.

You'll be based within the Medical and Industrial Biotechnology research group where you’ll work with researchers who collaborate with the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you’ve graduated from any bioscience, medical, veterinary or related discipline and you’re interested in specialising in a career within the field of molecular microbiology.

We also offer the Molecular Biosciences course with specialisms in Microbiology, Bioinformatics and Medical Biosciences.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Find out about funding opportunities at the University of Bath.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385115