Taught course

Medical Biotechnology

University of Portsmouth · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

An upper 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


On this MSc Medical Biotechnology degree, you’ll develop practical and analytical skills in molecular biotechnology, including the exploration of online biological databases, therapeutics, bioinformatics and diagnostics.

You'll build practical laboratory skills used in academia and industry, and study in a challenging learning environment informed by professional practice, current research and advanced laboratory techniques.

Medical biotechnology is a rapidly expanding industry. With the UK being Europe’s leading biotech hub (McKinsey & Co) and Portsmouth ranked third of all post-1992 universities in the UK for research power, there’s no better time to take your previous studies to postgraduate level.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready for a successful career in research or industry in the biotechnology sector, or in the fields of bioscience or pharmaceutics.

Course highlights

  • Unpack a practical and theoretical understanding of the molecular techniques used in the medical biotechnology sector
  • Conduct independent medical biotechnology research in areas such as pathology, drug development, clinical trials, business and bioinformatics
  • Access professional research equipment in the University's many laboratories, including the Biophysical and Pharmaceutics labs
  • Learn from medical professionals and academics working in drug design, synthesis and diagnostics – with the opportunity to undertake a research project in a professional environment (previous project partners have included Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and Sierra Medical)
  • Have opportunities to build your business ideas through our Student start-up and Entrepreneurs in Residence
Careers and opportunities

Once you complete this MSc Medical Biotechnology degree, you’ll have a greater understanding of the medical applications used in biotechnology and in-depth laboratory experience.

You’ll be set to build your career within small and medium-sized enterprises and global business in the area of biotechnology – as well as public and private health service providers. You could also decide to start your own business, which we can support you with. Alternatively, you could proceed to a research degree.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:
  • Clinical trials assistant
  • Data analyst
  • Bone densitometry technician
  • Molecular pathologist
  • Research scientist
  • Account executive

Fees and funding


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

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566