Taught course (will run subject to approval)


University of Liverpool · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally, at least a 2.1 Honours degree in a Biological Sciences subject or equivalent. Candidates must have a scientific background acceptable to the Progrmme Director.

Months of entry


Course content

Life Sciences and Technology are an integral part of the global economy. The programme has been designed with input from major industry players to ensure that current skill gaps and emerging skill needs are being addressed.

Please note that this programme is suitable for intercalating medical students.

This programme will provide you with in-depth scientific knowledge of the subject and its application. It will equip you with a strong background in biology, statistical analyses, computing skills, and knowledge necessary to work in different areas of biotechnology. You will be taught by our internationally renowned scientists, in collaboration with internationally excellent Research Centres, including the University of Liverpool Computational Biology Facility, the newly established Centre for Metabolomics, the Centre for Proteomics, and the Centre for Genomic Research and the Materials Innovation Factory.

This programme provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a professional scientist in your chosen area of biotechnology. It has been specifically designed to enhance students’ careers in different biotechnology sectors in a variety of research, product and technology development, and leadership roles.

If Biotechnology is your interest, upon successful completion of the MSc you may wish to continue with your education by studying for a PhD.

Why School of Life Sciences?

International excellence in Biological Sciences

We attract high quality postgraduate students with first degrees in Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Zoology and other areas of Biosciences from around the world into the following areas of biology:

Advanced Biological Sciences MSc

Bioinformatics MSc

Biotechnology MSc

Cancer Biology and Therapy MSc

Infection and Immunity MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Career prospects

Graduates with an MSc in Biotechnology are well qualified to enter a wide range of employment. These opportunities include careers for postgraduates in general, such as management, accountancy and human resources, where the skills obtained in the degree programme will be of considerable benefit. For those committed to a career as a research scientist, this programme will qualify you to be able to take up PhD studies or biotechnology posts in academia or in industry.

In the public sector, graduates from this programme are in demand in research institutes, government departments, the Health Service, forensic science and the Environment Agency.

Information for international students

Applications from international students are encouraged. International qualifications will be evaluated in line using the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines. Candidates from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate an ability of English Language equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927