Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, but relevant experience may be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

Biotechnology is a fast-moving sector that requires highly trained individuals who are able to work innovatively across disciplines of biological sciences, engineering and chemistry. Our MSc Biotechnology is interdisciplinary and utilises modules from the Faculty of Engineering and the Centre for Molecular Nanoscience.

The programme integrates biological sciences with biochemical engineering to provide training for the modern biotechnology industry. In particular, it focuses on the applications of biotechnology in medicine and agriculture. The course begins with the technology underpinning the manufacture of pharmaceutical proteins, the structure of the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and the way drugs interact with the body. Biosensors and molecular diagnostics also form a core part of the programme.

Students then move onto study two areas from the following three topic areas:

  • Tissue engineering with a focus on the 'functional' engineering of connective tissues, cardiac valves and epithelia
  • Bionanotechnology - the methodologies used including nano-scale manipulation of bio-molecules, single molecule imaging and fabrication of sensor devices and motors
  • Plant biotechnology including topics such as engineering of plants for the production of novel products, and development of stress tolerant crop varieties.

    For more information on studying Biotechnology at Leeds please visit the Graduate School website - www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/gradschool/biotech/index.php

Information for international students

The Faculty has many years experience welcoming international students. Students must have IELTS 6.5 overall with not less than 6 in any component or an Internet-based TOEFL score of 92, with no less than 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing, and 23 in speaking.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biological Sciences Graduate School
+44 (0) 113 343 1418
+44 (0)113 343 1407