Medical Biotechnology MSc
MSc Medical Biotechnology
Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding industry, driven by the development of molecular biological research, the growth of the ‘green economy’, and advances in the use of biotechnology in medical diagnosis, therapeutics and biomedical research.
If you're ready to take your previous studies in a science discipline to postgraduate level, then our MSc Medical Biotechnology degree course will help you develop advanced skills in molecular biotechnology. You'll also build on your understanding of how diagnostics, therapeutics and biomedical research are applied in molecular medicine, the energy sector and industry.
When you graduate, you'll have the skills, knowledge and qualifications for a successful career in research or industry in the biotechnology sector, or in the fields of bioscience or pharmaceutics.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Develop a 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 using professional research equipment in the University's complex of over 30 laboratories
- Conduct your own medical biotechnology research, in areas such as pathology, drug development, business or bioinformatics
- Have the option to study additional topics in the field, including clinical pathology, drug design and clinical trials, business skills for biotechnology and bioinformatics and omics
- Be supported by a team of expert scientists
- Use our specialist facilities, including microscopy for imaging at both the cellular and molecular level
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
When you graduate from our MSc Medical Biotechnology degree course, you'll be qualified for a career within small and medium-sized enterprises and global business in the area of Biotechnology, as well as public and private health service providers. You'll have practical and theoretical skills in Medical Biotechnology, as well as transferable skills as problem-solving and research.
Career opportunities include:
- Product development
- Research scientist
- Diagnostics and pathology lab work
- PhD study
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
- A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
- Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £10,200 (subject to annual increase)
- Part-time: £5,100 (subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £15,900 (subject to annual increase)
- Part-time: £7,950 (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You'll be issued safety equipment free of charge at the start of the programme, though you'll need to pay a £50 fee if this equipment is not returned in a good condition at the end of the course.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
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
- Biotechnology Enterprise
- Drug Design and Clinical Trials
- Bioinformatics and Omics
Changes to course content
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- practical work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 3 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
- Summer Teaching Block - June to September
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- written exams
- practical work
- problem solving
- project work
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.