MSc Medical Biotechnology - University of Portsmouth

Medical Biotechnology

Part Time2yrs

Full Time1yr

Develop practical skills in medical biotechnology using high tech research equipment

Course Overview

Why take this course?

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.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Develop practical and theoretical understanding of the molecular techniques used in the biotechnology sector
  • Learn how these are applied in diagnostics, therapeutics and molecular medicine
  • Develop your practical skills on high tech research equipment
  • Conduct your own medical biotechnology research

What opportunities might it lead to?

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:

  • product development
  • research scientist
  • diagnostics and pathology lab work
  • PhD


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Structure & Teaching

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:

  • Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics
  • Medical Biotechnology Therapeutics
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Medical Biotechnology Research Skills and Project

Options to choose from currently include:

  • Clinical Pathology
  • Business Skills for Biotechnology
  • Drug Design and Clinical Trials
  • Bioinformatics and Omics

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.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

How are you assessed?

Assessment will cover all aspects of what is required to be a professional scientist using a variety of methods:

  • written exams
  • practical work
  • problem solving
  • presentations
  • essay
  • project work

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Facilities & Features

Specialist Imaging Equipment

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.

Well equipped laboratories

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.

Scientific Research

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.

University Library

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.

Budgeting for your studies

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.

Other costs to consider

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).

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

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:

  • product development
  • research scientist
  • diagnostics and pathology lab work
  • PhD student
  • sales
  • teaching

Career planning

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.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

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.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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