The MSc Biotechnology programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced level theoretical knowledge, understanding, practical experience and training, with a particular focus on modern molecular and systems biology approaches to emerging biotechnologies.
In addition to aiming to provide a good grounding in core biotechnology, the course provides specialist training in medical, industrial, environmental and fermentation biotechnology with the opportunity to complete a research project within one of these areas.
The programme also aims to provide training and support in developing a variety of key professional skills, including communication, critical analysis and thinking, project and time management, scientific writing, teamwork, ethics, information technology and career management.
The teaching staff are research active with the majority of the staff belonging to two major research groups within the School of Life Sciences:
- Drug Design and Delivery: http://lncn.eu/chu3
- Molecular Basis of Disease: http://lncn.eu/dr79
They can offer expertise in molecular, cell and system biology, recombinant DNA technology, protein biochemistry, structural biology, fermentation, bioengineering and many other areas. In addition to this the students are also exposed to external guest speakers from industry and other schools within the University.
As a consequence of the research driven character of the School, students are expected to be research engaged. To facilitate this, they are encouraged to interact with prospective final research project supervisors from the beginning of the course and they are invited to the School's weekly research seminars