Taught course

Medical Biotechnology

University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical 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 rapidly expanding global industry. It's driven by the development of new tools for molecular biological research, the expansion of the ‘green economy’ seeking biotechnical solutions to energy and industrial needs, and remarkable advances in the application of biotechnology to medical diagnosis, therapeutics and to biomedical research.

The MSc in Medical Biotechnology will give you sought-after advanced skills in molecular biotechnology in the context of diagnostics, therapeutics and in biomedical research. You will also gain a vital understanding of how these are applied in molecular medicine.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Develop practical and theoretical understanding of the molecular techniques used in the biotechnology sector
  • Learn how these are applied in diagnostics, therapeutics and molecular medicine
  • Develop your practical skills on high tech research equipment
  • Conduct your own medical biotechnology research

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Master's degree in Medical Biotechnology will prepare you for a role within either research or industry in the biotechnology sector and, more generally, in the bioscience and pharmaceutics areas.

Here are some routes our graduates can pursue:

  • product development
  • research scientist
  • diagnostics and pathology lab work
  • PhD

Module Details

The Medical Biotechnology course is made up of core and optional units so that you can tailor your learning. The core units give you both practical and research skills as well as the knowledge that would be expected of an advanced course in molecular biotechnology. The optional units allow specialisation towards pathology, drug development, business or bioinformatics. Further options are included through a wide choice of subjects for your research project.

Core units include:

  • Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics
  • Medical Biotechnology Therapeutics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medical Biotechnology Research Skills and Project

Options to choose from include:

  • Clinical Pathology
  • Business Skills for Biotechnology
  • Drug Design and Clinical Trials
  • Bioinformatics and Omics

Programme Assessment

The course is delivered to develop your practical and theoretical skills in Medical Biotechnology. Teaching is typically in small groups with a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical work that includes case and problem-based learning. The course is delivered by a team of expert scientists who publish regularly in international journals. In the research project that forms a third of the course you will work alongside other researchers in a laboratory setting.

How are you assessed?

Assessment will cover all aspects of what is required to be a professional scientist using a variety of methods:

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

Student Destinations

This Master's degree in Medical Biotechnology will equip you to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and global business in the area of Biotechnology, as well as public and private health service providers. The course covers the practical as well as theoretical skills for your new career.

Roles our graduates might take include:

  • product development
  • research scientist
  • diagnostics and pathology lab work
  • PhD student
  • sales
  • teaching

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