Taught course

Industrial Biotechnology

University of Strathclyde · Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related subject.

Other qualifications and industrial experience may be considered.

IELTS 6.5 is required for all non-English speakers. For this course IELTS certificate must be available before any conditional offer is made. You need a 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the academic test. Only IELTS English certificate accepted on this course.

Months of entry


Course content

The course meets industrial needs and is at the forefront of developments in science and engineering. It combines the expertise of staff from 13 academic institutions across Scotland. Our industrial partners also provide input to the course.

This is an exciting opportunity for science and engineering graduates who are looking for a career in an emerging industry that is sustainable, green and essential to the global economy.

The course will provide you with a strong foundation in basic industrial biotechnology. You’ll also cover advanced state-of-the-art topics in a wide range of industrial biotechnology-related areas. A three-month placement is offered, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with one of IBioIC’s industrial partners.

You'll study

The taught classes are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the current developments in industrial biotechnology.

Two semesters of formal teaching are followed by an intensive research project. You'll carry this out with an industrial partner.

The taught classes cover the following areas and are taught by the following partners:

Core classes include:

  • Industrial Biotechnology, Governance and Importance to the Bioeconomy (The Innogen Institute, Edinburgh University)
  • Bioprocessing (Strathclyde University)
  • Synthetic Biology (Glasgow University)
  • Downstream Processing (Heriot Watt University)
  • Applied Biocatalysis (Strathclyde University)
  • Bioinformatics (Edinburgh University)
  • Induction Scientific Programming (Edinburgh University)

Elective classes include:

  • Blue Biotechnology (SAMS, University of Highlands & Islands)
  • Renewable Energy Technologies (Abertay University)
  • Advanced Project Management (Strathclyde University)
  • Supply Chain Management (Strathclyde University)
  • Production Management (Heriot Watt University)
  • Resource Efficient Formulation (University of the West of Scotland)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Judith Huggan