Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding global industry. It's driven by the development of new tools for molecular biological research, the expansion of the ‘green economy’ seeking biotechnical solutions to energy and industrial needs, and remarkable advances in the application of biotechnology to medical diagnosis, therapeutics and to biomedical research.
The MSc in Medical Biotechnology will give you sought-after advanced skills in molecular biotechnology in the context of diagnostics, therapeutics and in biomedical research. You will also gain a vital understanding of how these are applied in molecular medicine.
On this course you can:
This Master's degree in Medical Biotechnology will prepare you for a role within either research or industry in the biotechnology sector and, more generally, in the bioscience and pharmaceutics areas.
Here are some routes our graduates can pursue:
The Medical Biotechnology course is made up of core and optional units so that you can tailor your learning. The core units give you both practical and research skills as well as the knowledge that would be expected of an advanced course in molecular biotechnology. The optional units allow specialisation towards pathology, drug development, business or bioinformatics. Further options are included through a wide choice of subjects for your research project.
Core units include:
Options to choose from 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 develop your practical and theoretical skills in Medical Biotechnology. Teaching is typically in small groups with a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical work that includes case and problem-based learning. The course is delivered by a team of expert scientists who publish regularly in international journals. In the research project that forms a third of the course you will work alongside other researchers in a laboratory setting.
Assessment will cover all aspects of what is required to be a professional scientist using a variety of methods:
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Enhance your learning, research and practical skills through the use of many different laboratory techniques. In the school of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences you will have access to excellent laboratory equipment and resources including microscopy for imaging at both the cellular and molecular level.
The school of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences includes a complex of over 30 modern, well-equipped laboratories, housing a variety of different research areas. The MSc Medical Biotechnology equips you with advanced knowledge and practical skills in a range of methods used for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
During your studies you will carry out a 60 credit independent research project, working alongside some of our world-class researchers. This opportunity will give you an insight into working within a busy research group, enhancing your transferable and discipline-specific skills, and providing you with examples of independent scientific working to enhance your CV and future job applications.
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.
You will be issued with safety equipment to use free of charge at the start of the programme (a fee of £50 applies if not returned in good condition at the end of the course).
This Master's degree in Medical Biotechnology will equip you to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and global business in the area of Biotechnology, as well as public and private health service providers. The course covers the practical as well as theoretical skills for your new career.
Roles our graduates might take include:
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.
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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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