Biotechnology and Bioengineering (MSc)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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About Biotechnology and Bioengineering at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

Acquire practical, academic and applied skills in data analysis, systems and modeling approaches, and bioinformatics, together with transferable skills in scientific writing, presentation and public affairs.

Reasons to study Biotechnology & Bioengineering at Kent
  • Biotechnology & Bioengineering is a particular research strength at the University of Kent, and the curriculum has been designed by world-leading experts within their fields.
  • Research in the School of Biosciences focuses on biological processes at the molecular and cellular level and spans the disciplines of biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology and biomedical research.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to integrate these skills to develop novel solutions to modern biotechnological issues from both academic and industrial perspectives.
  • We offer a wide range of Master’s research projects for you to choose from. Find one to suit you from our projects for September 2022.
  • Our academic staff are leading experts in biotechnology & bioengineering, ensuring you receive the best possible supervision. Find out about the staff who are open to supervising research students, together with their research interests.
  • The School is among the best-funded departments of its kind in the UK, and our well-equipped laboratories provide an excellent environment for both teaching and research.

Knowledge and understanding

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the fundamental principles of modern molecular techniques and technologies used in biotechnology and bioengineering and the ability to utilise and interpret the data from such approaches
  • at the molecular and cellular level, the processes that underpin the utilisation of biological systems for the production of biodrugs (proteins, small molecules, vaccines)
  • drug discovery and design, cell engineering to modulate cellular processes, bioenergy, protein- and vaccine-based drugs, regenerative medicine and bionanomaterials
  • the use of systems levels approaches in biotechnology and bioengineering such that a problem can be analysed and a solution derived based upon a conceptual understanding of multiple parts of the system.
  • current state-of-the-art strategies and technologies to improve biotechnological and bioengineering systems
  • the process by which basic scientific knowledge is translated into the industrial workplace
  • the regulatory issues involved in manufacturing of biodrugs
  • the way in which scientific knowledge is disseminated to various stakeholders (eg other academics, industry, public, policymakers, media).

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual skills in:

  • how to formulate hypotheses and design appropriate experiments to address these. how to undertake such experiments
  • critical interpretation of your, and others’, data. Approaches to assimilate multiple data streams to reach appropriate conclusions and derive new hypotheses
  • how to analyse a problem or question both independently and as part of a group
  • how to use information technology to retrieve, analyse and present scientific data to required standards
  • the ability to rationally argue a case and use the available evidence to support your claims
  • the ability to select and use appropriate statistical methodology to analyse and present scientific data.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • how to design of experiments in a statistically valid way to address specific hypotheses and research questions
  • key techniques and approaches in modern molecular biotechnology and bioengineering and their application to the field
  • appropriate data handing, recording, analysis and how to assess this in line with the current literature
  • how to write scientific research for various audiences (eg primary journal-based literature, non-science audiences, policymakers)
  • how to present scientific research via oral presentation and poster formats
  • an ability to work independently in a scientific environment and to reach an independent conclusion
  • the application of specific experiment- and knowledge-based approaches into industrialisation of biotechnology and bioengineering
  • recognition of career opportunities both within academia, industry and outside the scientific laboratory.

Transferable skills

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to critically evaluate and present scientific data
  • how to organise information appropriate to the audience
  • the development of reflective learning practices to make constructive use of your own assessment of performance and use that of colleagues, staff and others to enhance performance and progress
  • an ability to manage time and workload to meet deadlines and targets
  • enhanced understanding of group work dynamics and how to work as part of a group or independently.

You will gain the following transferable skills:

  • the ability to plan and manage workloads
  • self-discipline and initiative
  • the development of reflective learning practices to make constructive use of your own assessment of performance and use that of colleagues, staff and others to enhance performance and progress
  • communication: the ability to organise information clearly, create and respond to textual and visual sources (eg images, graphs, tables), present information orally, adapt your style for different audiences.
  • enhanced understanding of group work dynamics and how to work as part of a group or independently.

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

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What students think about University of Kent

    Inspirational teaching - Patrique Tanque from Brazil is studying for a BSc in Forensic Chemistry.

    “Choosing Kent was an easy decision. The forensic programmes are ranked among the best in the UK and have a high graduate employment rate.

    “The teachers bring fresh ideas and up-to-date materials from real cases to enrich the lectures. They are keen to help out and always make sure we are getting plenty of support.

    “I was very fortunate to be awarded an International Scholarship, which meant I could dedicate myself to my studies.”

    Academic excellence - Stephanie Bourgeois from France is studying for a BSc in Biochemistry.

    “I like the approach to teaching here; academics are happy to answer questions and to interact with students. I find the lectures very motivational, they pique your curiosity and for me the exciting bit is going to the library and pursuing the things you are interested in.

    “The lecturers at Kent are excellent. You get to know them well and, as you move through the course, they are able to guide you towards projects, ideas or career paths that they think you will like.”

    Specialist research - Sally Gao from China is studying for a PhD in Electronic Engineering.

    “I have been very lucky with my supervisor, Professor Yong Yan, who is a world-class expert and the first IEEE Fellow in the UK in instrumentation and measurement.

    “Professor Yong Yan has helped me to become a better researcher. I am inspired by his novel ideas and constructive suggestions. Under his supervision, my confidence has grown through such milestones as my first set of experiments, writing my first research paper and attending my first conference.”

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