Taught course


University of Edinburgh · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

You will need a strong background, at least a 2:1 or its equivalent at undergraduate level, in one or more of the following areas or a related science:

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Plant sciences

If you have a background in engineering, particularly bio- or chemical engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, or another relevant discipline you may still be eligible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

With such a wealth of expertise, we are able to cover the subject’s full scope - from molecular structure to synthetic and translational biology. Our interdisciplinary MSc is part of a portfolio of postgraduate programmes offering you an unparalleled choice of courses and opportunities across all these areas.

With the world population booming, and the subsequent demand for food and fuel, intelligent agriculture and a cleaner, greener environment are just some of the key global challenges facing us today.

Our MSc will provide you with the opportunity to enhance your research skills in using biological principles and systems to create new products, services and industries. We will also investigate the economic basis for current biotechnology structures and areas of future demand.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 131 650 8643