Taught course


University of Portsmouth · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

Biotechnology is a global industry and is the fastest growing research and development sector in the UK. Increasingly, the industry is relying on molecular tools to solve real world problems.

The Master's degree in Biotechnology will equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge that is so highly sought after by both global and entrepreneurial start-up companies, opening doors to a wide variety of career opportunities. You will have the opportunity to choose from a number of optional units, tailoring your learning to what suits you best.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Work with industry or in an academic environment, choosing subjects that suit your aspirations
  • Develop your practical skills on the very latest high-tech research equipment
  • Develop both a practical and a theoretical understanding of the molecular techniques used in the biotechnology sector

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course will prepare you for a role within either research or industry in the biotechnology sector, and more generally, the bioscience sector.

Here are some routes you could pursue:

  • PhD
  • research scientist
  • business associate
  • sales representative

Module Details

The Biotechnology course is made up of one core unit and a number of other optional units that suit you.

Core unit:

  • Biotechnology Project

Optional units:

  • Bioprospecting
  • Biofilms & Antifouling
  • Engineering Animals
  • Bioinformatics & Omics
  • Business skills for Biotechnology
  • Microbiology & Bioremediation
  • Protein Production & Characterisation

Programme Assessment

The course is delivered to enable you to develop both the theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. Teaching is typically in small groups with a mixture of lectures, seminar, workshops and practical work. The course is delivered by a team of expert scientists who are all publishing regularly in international journals.

Assessment will cover all aspects of what is required to be a professional scientist, so will assess via a variety of methods, including:

  • written exams
  • practical work
  • problem solving
  • presentations
  • essay
  • project work

Student Destinations

The course in Biotechnology is designed to equip you to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises as well as global businesses in the area of biotechnology. The course covers the theoretical as well as the practical skills that will set you up for your new career.

Roles our graduates might pursue include:

• research scientist
• PhD student
• business associate
• sales representative

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £9,200 Part time: £4,600 p/a* *Fees are subject to annual increase
International students
Full time: £15,100 Part time: £7,550 p/a* *Fees are subject to annual increase

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566