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.
On this course you can:
This course will prepare you for a role within either research or industry in the biotechnology sector, and more generally, the bioscience sector.
Here are some routes you could pursue:
The Biotechnology course is made up of one core unit and a number of other optional units that suit you.
Options to choose from in this year currently include:
We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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:
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We have state-of-the-art facilities for biological research, including the internationally regarded Biophysics Laboratories, The Institute of Marine Sciences. and the closely associated European Xenopus Resource Centre. Biotechnology research at Portsmouth covers a number of disciplines each supported by advanced equipment such as:
Biotechnology is embedded through the department and ranges from biofilm and antifouling through to genetic engineering protein production and structure determination. To support these activities we have specialist laboratories across the department which include:
The School of Biological Sciences has a well-established reputation for both fundamental and applied research. Attracting funding from many sources including industry, Research Councils, The Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, and the European Union, our research activities cover a wide range of interests from the molecular level to the environment. Biotechnology is embedded throughout our six research themes reflecting the complexity of modern biological sciences:
Our award-winning library offers a rich mix of resources including over 380,000 books, almost 600,000 e-books and 41,000 journals, as well as extensive off-campus access to online resources. It’s the perfect place to study with over 1,400 study spaces available, giving you a choice of silent, group or social study areas. There’s also a cafe for when you want to take a break.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
The course in Biotechnology is designed to equip you to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises as well as global businesses in the area of biotechnology. The course covers the theoretical as well as the practical skills that will set you up for your new career.
Roles our graduates might pursue include:
• research scientist
• PhD student
• business associate
• sales representative
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.
We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.
In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.
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