Taught course

Molecular Biotechnology

University of Hertfordshire · School of Life and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

An honours degree with 60% or above marks or equivalent professional qualification, in the biosciences, biochemistry, pharmacy or biological chemistry. Applicants without these qualifications who can demonstrate by other qualifications, research publications or appropriate experience that they can benefit from the programme will be considered on individual merit.

Months of entry


Course content

This course gives in-depth knowledge of the areas of molecular biology and biotechnology for graduates in the biological and biosciences. This is an exciting and fast-moving area of bioscience that is having an enormous impact in many areas of biotechnology. Analysis and manipulation of genes and genomes has provided the basis for the development of important new diagnostic methods, biological drugs and improved enzymes and proteins. In addition, new vaccines, synthetic antibodies and improved crops have benefitted from advances in molecular biotechnology.

Why choose this course?
  • This course is a natural progression for anyone completing an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Pharmaceutical Sciences, who is interested in a career in the Pharmaceutical industry.
  • This course will provide students with the skills they need to have for future opportunities in the fast growing biotechnology industry.
  • Our state of the art Science Building provides excellent facilities for laboratory based studies, including cell culture and plate reader based assays, isolated tissue studies, immunohistochemistry.
  • Offered as a part-time option to suit students who may already be in employment and wish to broaden their knowledge of the industry with support from their employer.
Professional Accreditations

Subject to validation, this course will be accrediated by the Royal Society for Biology Accreditation.

Information for international students

In addition, all international students are required to demonstrate an English Language capability of IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band) or equivalent qualification.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Colin Malcolm
+44 (0)1707 284800