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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 7.72k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    This programme is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds who have varied levels of biotechnology experience. It aims to equip you with an understanding of the principles and practices that underpin contemporary biotechnology and with the knowledge base and skills required for employment in the biotechnology industry.

    The programme covers the scientific principles necessary for an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology and develops generic practical skills in handling micro-organisms, molecular biological techniques and data analysis. It examines the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants, the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products, and the production of novel biological compounds. The programme also explores areas of related interest such as bioethics, regulatory affairs and the role of intellectual property in biotechnology.

    Compulsory modules
    * BIO8043 Practical Techniques in Molecular Biology
    * BIO8044 Gene Technology
    * BIO8045 Genetically Engineered Organisms: Food, Pharmaceutical and Industrial Sectors
    * BIO8046 Applied Bioinformatics
    * BIO8096 MSc Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology Thesis
    * CME8020 Modelling and Control in Bioprocess Systems

    Optional modules
    You will take a further 20 credits from the following:

    * BIO8009 Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology
    * BIO8010 Bioremediation
    * BIO8041 Antimicrobial Drug Discovery
    * BIO8047 Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
    * BIO8052 Introductory Quantitative Methods

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Normally a second-class Honours degree in a related discipline (e.g. BiologyBiotechnology/Bioscience/Biological Sciences/ Pharmacy).Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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