Taught course

Biotechnology (Sustainable Biotechnologies)

University of Bath · Department of Life Sciences
MScMSc with Placement

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 or biomedical-based subject, such as biosciences, medical, veterinary, biotechnology, life sciences, pharmacy or pharmacology, or in biochemical engineering or technology.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Before you apply, please check the University of Bath website for the most recently published entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Study the rapidly developing field of biotechnology and get ready for a career improving the sustainability of materials and chemical processes.

This course will give you an understanding of how the molecular and cellular mechanisms of biological systems can be utilised and manipulated to solve real-world biological problems. You'll gain the skills and expertise required for future developments in biotechnology, along with specialist knowledge in sustainable biotechnology.

Course specifics

From engineering crops that can cope with climate change for improved food security, to developing new biofuels for sustainable energy or mitigating fast-fashion with recyclable textile waste, sustainable biotechnology can dramatically help us improve life on our planet. Along with a core module in biotechnology, you'll study specific modules so you're ready to provide novel solutions to the challenges of the modern age:

  • 'Beer and Biofuels', looking at using fermentation for everything from improved food products to sustainable energy.
  • 'Food Security and the Environment', for instance engineering new sustainable pesticides to improve crop yields.
  • 'Bioprocess and Water Engineering', including using microorganisms for waste treatment.

You'll also take a unit focussing on the wider challenges of global environmental sustainability, giving you the opportunity to develop and use skills in entrepreneurship, teaching, media and communication, or public engagement.

Optional placement year

This course gives you the option of extending your course by a year to go on a placement.

Going on placement gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to a year working in industry. You’ll be employed full-time in a role to match your future career ambitions, broadening your experience and transferable skills. We have links with some of the industry’s leading companies.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1225 385115