Taught course


University of Essex · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Lower second class honours degree or equivalent in biological sciences o relevant subject, although more flexible for those with industrial experience.

Months of entry


Course content

With over ten years experience of delivering this subject, we have established one of the UK's most popular and highly regarded postgraduate courses in biotechnology. We equip you with advanced training in cutting-edge 'omics' technology that is highly valued by employers in both academia and the commercial sector.

Our flexible modular structure allows your specialisation in industrial, microbial, agricultural or medical biotechnology providing students with a broad spectrum of future career opportunities. With emphasis on hands-on practical training, we include a major research project component, supervised by our research leaders in their fields, so ensure you gain the best educational and research experience as an integral part of your studies. Our MSc Biotechnology also provides a solid foundation if you wish to undertake further studies leading to a PhD.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations15
Written coursework / continuous assessment45
Dissertation40 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719