University of Portsmouth


Biotechnology is a global industry and is the fastest growing research and development sector in the UK. Increasingly, the industry is relying on molecular tools to solve real world problems.

The Master's degree in Biotechnology will equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge that is so highly sought after by both global and entrepreneurial start-up companies, opening doors to a wide variety of career opportunities. You will have the opportunity to choose from a number of optional units, tailoring your learning to what suits you best.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

The Biotechnology course is made up of one core unit and a number of other optional units that suit you.

Core unit:

Biotechnology Project
Optional units:

Biofilms & Antifouling
Engineering Animals
Bioinformatics & Omics
Business skills for Biotechnology
Microbiology & Bioremediation
Protein Production & Characterisation

Assessment methods

The course is delivered to enable you to develop both the theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. Teaching is typically in small groups with a mixture of lectures, seminar, workshops and practical work. The course is delivered by a team of expert scientists who are all publishing regularly in international journals.

Assessment will cover all aspects of what is required to be a professional scientist, so will assess via a variety of methods, including:

written exams
practical work
problem solving
project work


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2018 7,550 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,600 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 15,100 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,200 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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