Research course

Biotechnology (Sustainable Technologies)

University of Bath · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

At least an upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Study the rapidly developing field of biotechnology and get ready for a career delivering sustainable agricultural, industrial or clinical systems.

This course will give you an understanding of how the cellular and molecular 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.

With the successful completion of the programme, you will graduate with the specialist knowledge and employability skills required for a career in academic, clinical, industrial or commercial sectors anywhere in the world. Recent examples of graduate roles include a Healthcare Scientist, Pharmaceutical and Agri-tech R&D Scientist, Academic Researcher, Research Council Portfolio Manager.

Find out about the department's research subgroup activities.

Integrated PhD

For the Integrated PhD in Biotechnology (Sustainable Technologies) programme you will be enrolled on the MSc Biotechnology (Sustainable Technologies) in your first year. Your MSc will be awarded upon successful completion of both the MSc and doctoral research stage of the programme. In the event you successfully complete the MSc but do not transfer to the research stage, your MSc will be awarded at the end of year 1.

In addition to the units studied during the course, you'll have access to online study materials two weeks before the start of semester 1, to help you prepare for study at Bath.

Progression to your research stage in year 2 will be subject to successful completion of the MSc (with a minimum overall programme average of 50%, including 50% in the dissertation), and acceptance by a lead supervisor for the research project. Your thesis proposal and interdisciplinary supervisory team will be decided by the end of the first year. In years 2 through 4 you will conduct your PhD thesis research.

Although the registration period for an integrated PhD programme at the University of Bath is 5 years it is expected that you will submit your PhD thesis within 4 years of commencing your studies.

Information for international students

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Doctoral Admissions