Taught course


University of Glasgow · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area – Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnology or Biochemistry – although applicants with a degree in other areas may be considered. Professional experience may also be taken into account. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters in Biotechnology programme provides you with an advanced practical knowledge of biotechnology and molecular genetic technologies underpinning modern biotechnology and how they can be applied to solve real world problems. The programme offers training in a broad range of topics including; environmental biotechnology, synthetic biology, plant engineering, stem cell therapies and vaccine development.

Why Glasgow?

  • If you wish to improve your knowledge of modern molecular, biochemical, cell biological and genetic techniques for biotechnological applications, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will gain a sound understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge and research, their opportunities for innovation and regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues.
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  • You will learn how to assess the current literature, be encouraged to form opinions based on scientific merit, and implement these ideas in future research planning.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field of Biotechnology who run active, internationally recognised, research groups here at Glasgow.
  • The course involves extensive interaction with industry, through site visits, guest lectures and an "Industrial Networking Symposium" where representatives from the European biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry will discuss their companies and answer your questions on working in the industrial sector.
  • This course has a strong laboratory component, with courses that run throughout the year, giving you hands on experience of diverse biotechnological research skills.
  • The flexible independent research project provides valuable training for students wishing to proceed to a Ph.D. or into an industrial career; this may also be completed as a business based project.
  • Additional programme components include industrial networking sessions and a dedicated career workshop on progression planning.
  • Our Masters in Biotechnology provides an advanced practical knowledge of how research and industry are being applied to solve real world problems.

Programme Structure

The programme is made up of five teaching modules and a dissertation project. Each module explores different aspects of Biotechnology. The dissertation allows you to specialise the degree through a chosen field of research. You will undertake this project with the support and guidance of your chosen academic expert.

The aims of the course are:

  • To enable students to study a wide range of biotechnology topics in depth;
  • Allow students to benefit from leading-edge research-led teaching;
  • To enhance students' conceptual, analytical and generic skills and to apply them to biotechnology problems;
  • To prepare students for leading positions in the biotechnology industry or entry into PhD programmes.

The Masters in Biotechnology is run by the Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, which has expertise covering a wide range of contemporary integrative biology, from molecules to organisms. Including; cell engineering, plant science, molecular and cell biology, systems and synthetic biology, genetics, transgenics and functional genomics and protein characterisation.

Contributions to this course are also made by academic staff from:

Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences

School of Life Sciences

Core and Optional Courses

  • Molecular Biotechnology Lab Skills
  • Industrial and Environmental Microbiology
  • Biotechnology Business Skills
  • Current Technologies in Biotechnology
  • Omics Technologies
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Biotechnology Research Project

Career Prospects

This programme will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industrial sectors or for entry into PhD programmes.

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Cheryl Woolhead