Taught course

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Institution
University of Sheffield · Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
Qualifications
MSc

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent university qualification in molecular biology or a related subject (eg biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, and microbiology).

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

Candidates with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course uses research-focused training to give you a unique perspective on the underpinning theory and latest research spanning the extent of molecular biology.

Course description

This 12-month course is designed to develop your confidence and independence to become a reliable researcher or investigator in the fast-moving biotechnology industry.

Throughout your studies you'll be exposed to the diverse areas of biology and engineering, blending molecular science with chemical and biological engineering modules to develop your understanding of the interdependencies between these fields.

Through research-focused training, you’ll develop your skills in planning and carrying out your own experiments, approaching scientific problems experimentally across molecular biology and biotechnology, and using revolutionary laboratory techniques, including CRISPR genome editing technology, Western analysis, and BLAST DNA sequence analysis, to solve these problems.

Through lectures and seminars delivered by visiting experts from leading universities across the globe, you’ll gain a unique perspective on the underpinning theory and latest research spanning the breadth of molecular biology.

Once you’ve mastered the latest molecular bioscience techniques, you’ll be ready to apply these skills to your Research Project. Here you’ll spend up to six months researching an area of molecular biology or biotechnology that matches your future career aspirations under the supervision of an expert in the field.

Example research projects include:

  • Cell cycle regulation
  • Plant genetic engineering
  • Study of mRNA processing
  • Molecular cell biology and imaging
  • Immunological approaches for disease therapy
  • Structural biology (e.g. X-Ray Crystallography)
  • Production of biofuels and other useful products from microalgae
  • Biotechnology via genomic engineering techniques

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email
biosciences-pgt@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 114 222 2341