Taught course

Molecular Biotechnology

University of Birmingham · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for UK and international graduates who have an appropriate background, either in the Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences or Chemical Engineering. Graduates should have a good Honours degree from a UK university (the minimum requirement is a second-class Honours degree) or the equivalent from outside the UK. www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/pg/requirements/index We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Learn more about international entry requirements www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/pg/requirements/international/index

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry.

Programme content
Modules (all core) are as follows:
  • Introduction to Molecular Biotechnology (10 credits)
  • Research Techniques in Molecular Biotechnology (20 credits)
  • Practical Applications of Molecular Biotechnology (20 credits)
  • Functional Genomics and Reverse Genetics (20 credits)
  • Gene Expression Analysis (20 credits)
  • Funding Science (10 credits)
  • From Bench to Market: The Development of Pharmaceutical Products (10 credits)
  • Therapeutic Biologicals (10 credits)
  • Research project (60 credits)

Learning and teaching is via lectures, workshops, independent study, laboratory practicals, research and a lab-based project.

Skills gained

Transferable skills gained via this programme will include written and oral presentation skills, statistics, and the ability to plan and write a grant application or a business plan. Subject-specific skills will include key techniques used in molecular biotechnology, specialist knowledge in theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, including: process engineering, molecular biology, functional genomics, 'omics' technologies, protein expression systems and antibody engineering. Practical skills will include fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry.


While many graduates will go on to employment in biotechnology companies, you will also be employable in other life sciences industries or able to go on to further study and research.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days. Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005