Taught course


University of Portsmouth · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

A second-class 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

January, September

Course content


Turn your ambition into the postgraduate qualification you need and open doors to an exciting career in biotechnology.

With the UK being Europe’s leading biotech hub and Portsmouth ranked third of all modern post-92 universities in the UK for research power, there’s no better time to study our Master’s in Biotechnology.

You’ll develop your understanding of molecular tools that are used to solve global issues, including the exploration of genetic engineering, bioinformatics, online biological databases, and tailor your studies and experiments to the areas of biotechnology that match your interests.

When you graduate, you’ll be in a strong position to succeed in many fields from industry and academia to research and development – with the opportunity to specialise later in your career.

Course highlights

  • Prepare to work in industry, or academic environments, choosing subjects that match your aspirations
  • Unpack a practical and a theoretical understanding of the molecular techniques used in the biotechnology sector
  • Develop your practical skills using professional research equipment in the University's complex of over 30 laboratories
  • Benefit from our world-renowned Centre for Enzyme Innovation where we're researching solutions to some of the most pressing global environmental problems
  • Study modules in entrepreneurship, bioinformatics, and genetic engineering
  • Access opportunities to build your business ideas through our Student start-up and Entrepreneurs in Residence
Careers and opportunities

This Master’s degree will help you to specialise in biotechnology and build your career in a variety of companies, including innovative start-ups and global corporations. You could also decide to start your own business, which we can support you with.

Once you graduate from this MSc Biotechnology degree, you’ll have a broad understanding of the ongoing development of life-improving technologies, strategies, and products used in the biotechnology sector. You'll have the practical skills to operate successfully in this pioneering field, or you could proceed to a research degree.

Graduates of this course have gone into roles such as:

  • research scientist
  • business associate
  • sales representative
  • forensic interpretations team leader
  • molecular pathologist
  • bone densitometry technician
  • data analyst
  • clinical trials assistant
  • account executive

Fees and funding


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

University Admissions Centre
023 9284 5566