Taught course


University of Glasgow · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Help solve real world problems with advanced practical knowledge underpinning modern biotechnology and molecular genetic technologies. The aim of this programme is to train you in a broad range of topics including environmental biotechnology, synthetic biology, plant engineering, stem cell therapies and vaccine development.


Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).

Extensive laboratory-based teaching covering a wide range of practical skills in molecular biology, microbiology, synthetic biology, protein expression, protein purification and more.

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.

Learn to assess current literature, be encouraged to form opinions based on scientific merit, and implement these ideas in future research planning.

Taught by experts in the field of Biotechnology who run active, internationally recognised, research groups here at Glasgow.

Network within the industry through site visits, guest lectures and an 'Industrial Networking Symposium' where representatives from the European biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry discuss their companies and answer questions on working in the industrial sector.

Receive hands-on experience of diverse biotechnological research skills with a strong laboratory component making up the programme throughout the year.

Get valuable training through our flexible, independent, research project for students wishing to proceed to a PhD or into an industrial career. This may also be completed as a business-based project.

Opportunities to carry out a 10-week lab-based research project in a research intensive university.

Wide choice of research projects.

Lectures in industrial and environmental microbiology, protein expression, synthetic biology, optogenetics, bioremediation and other applications of biotechnology.

A choice of courses on plant biotechnology, omics technologies or bioimaging.

Gain transferable skills in science writing and presentations; reading and interpeting the scientific literature; experimental design, data handling, data analysis, and reporting of results.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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