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University of Salford · School of Environment and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in bioscience, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy or medicine.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

Suitable for:

This course is suitable for UK and international graduates who wish to gain knowledge in the emerging fields of biotechnology, and acquire the skills necessary for entering employment or those who wish to pursue a research career in the growing biotechnology sectors such as biomedicine, genomics, green biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Course Information:

The field of biotechnology has been revolutionised in the past ten years by advances in molecular biology, genome sequencing and large scale-omics profiling (including proteomics) as well as the ability to manipulate genomes via genetic modification and genome editing tools.

This programme reflects this by directly teaching core Molecular Biology and Proteomics (MBP) and a Genomics module, which further incorporates training in computational science, which is a current high demand skill for graduates.

The modules Medical Biotechnology, Novel Therapeutics and Green Biotechnology detail how genetic modification and genome editing contribute to both medical and commercial research while providing students with training in the key practical techniques required to work in these areas. The genome editing technology known as CRISPR (for clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeat) has emerged as a disruptor in the life sciences realm. It has even been called the “discovery of the century” and CRISPR provides the real possibility of adjusting the genome to achieve desired goals: elimination of genetic diseases, eradication of pathogens, precision engineering of crops, thus focusing on this technology in two specialist modules ensures that the programme is at the forefront of research.

The syllabus is designed to develop the “analytical techniques and problem-solving skills” that you will need for postgraduate-level employment in both the biotechnology sector but also to provide access to transferable skills relevant to a great variety of professional careers.

You will:

  • Develop the skills needed to address some of the major challenges facing the world today
  • Learn how genetic modification and genome editing contribute to both medical and commercial research
  • Learn genome editing technology (CRISPR) and the possibility of adjusting the genome to achieve desired goals

Information for international students

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.0 band score (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 - 36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 295 4545