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Biotechnology MSc


MSc Biotechnology (HLST083)

MSc Biotechnology with Professional Experience (HLST136)

This course runs in September and January.

  • 12 months full-time
  • 20 months full-time with Professional Experience
  • 24 months part-time

    Biotechnology uses living cells and materials produced by cells to create products to benefit society.

    The science of biotechnology is also used to alter genetic information in animals, plants and microbes to improve them in some way that benefits people. Because biotechnology essentially uses the basic ingredients of life to make new products, it is both a cutting-edge technology and an applied science. Analysts have predicted that biotechnology will be one of the most important applied sciences of the 21st century.

    This course is intended for life science graduates who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in biosciences with an emphasis on biotechnology. 

    The MSc Biotechnology with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

    Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice


    The aim of the course is to produce scientists who will be able to contribute to a range of careers including academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biotechnology. This course is also an excellent foundation for those wishing to pursue research in biotechnology at PhD level.



    You will cover:

    • Genomes and DNA technology;
    • current topics in biotechnology and drug discovery;
    • cell culture and antibody technology;
    • biotechnology in disease diagnosis;
    • pharmaceutical discoveries;
    • research methods and project.

    Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST083), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Bioscience or Biological Chemistry. We would expect to see the study of the following subjects in the final year of the undergraduate degree: molecular biology (e.g. recombinant DNA), microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology.

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.


    To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

    Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

    How will this course enhance my career prospects?

    Within the life sciences, biotechnology is a rapidly growing sector and it is predicted that the global expansion in biotechnology will be a key driver in the world economy. The MSc Biotechnology is designed to provide the training and development necessary to meet the needs of the growing number of employers within the biotechnology sector.  The course will also equip graduates to pursue careers in research institutes or to progress to a research degree.


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    The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

    Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


    Further information

    If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

    To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

    Course code:
    HLST083 (1 year) • HLST136 (with Professional Experience)
    • 1 year full-time
    • 2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

    • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma
    • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

    Course type:
    • Full time
    • Part time

    £12,068 • £14,500 (with Professional Experience)

    Contact Details:

    International Office

    +44 (0) 24 7765 2152