Biotechnology MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

MSc Biotechnology (HLST180)
MSc Biotechnology with Professional Experience (HLST181)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:

£8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience)

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Overview

Analysts have predicted that biotechnology will be one of the most important applied sciences of the 21st century and a key driver in the world economy. From agricultural and environmental to pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services, it already represents one of the largest and most rapidly growing sectors within the life sciences.

This Master’s course is designed to provide the training and development necessary to meet demand for highly skilled scientists within the expanding and global bioscience sector. It can lead to a wide range of careers including academic, commercial, industrial and healthcare applications of biotechnology.

Biology degrees have been provided at Coventry University for over 40 years and are taught in our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building. This features a suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you can gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge industry techniques.

This Master’s course is designed to expand your knowledge of the molecular, biochemical, cell biological and genetic techniques underpinning modern biotechnology and how they can be used to solve real world problems and benefit society.

 

The programme is composed of a combination of modules which progressively build to the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s. Core subject areas include cellular molecular biology, genetics, protein biology, pharmacology, bioinformatics, numeracy, statistics and computing and a range of practical laboratory techniques.

 

We aim to provide hands-on practical experience of both laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. We will train you in biotechnology research strategies and gain an understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge and research, opportunities for innovation, and regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues.

 

We will also consider some of the contemporary issues facing biotechnology, such as biofuels, bioremediation, genetically modified foods, and food biotechnology.

 

To qualify at Master’s level, you will be expected to undertake a research project/dissertation. As a guide, past students have researched the following sample areas: the cytotoxic, antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity of phytochemicals; novel antimalarial drugs; the use of bacteriophage to remove biofilms; and the use of novel enzymes in biofuel production. Successful graduates of this course should have gained exceptional scientific understanding and a host of cognitive, practical and professional skills.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

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An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

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Course information

This Master’s course is designed to expand your knowledge of the molecular, biochemical, cell biological and genetic techniques underpinning modern biotechnology and how they can be used to solve real world problems and benefit society.

The programme is composed of a combination of modules which progressively build to the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Master’s. Core subject areas include cellular molecular biology, genetics, protein biology, bioinformatics, numeracy, statistics and computing and a range of practical laboratory techniques.

We aim to provide hands-on practical experience of both laboratory and bioinformatics techniques. We will train you in biotechnology research strategies and gain an understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge and research, opportunities for innovation, and regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues.

We will also consider some of the contemporary issues facing biotechnology, such as biofuels, bioremediation, genetically modified foods, and food biotechnology.

To qualify at Master’s level, you will be expected to undertake a research project/dissertation. As a guide, past students have researched the following sample areas: the cytotoxic, antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity of phytochemicals; novel antimalarial drugs; the use of bacteriophage to remove biofilms; and the use of novel enzymes in biofuel production.

Successful graduates of this course should have gained exceptional scientific understanding and a host of cognitive, practical and professional skills.

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.

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.

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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module. 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.

Modules

  • Postgraduate Diploma

    • Research Techniques in Biotechnology
    • Principles of Biotechnology
    • Critical Review in Biotechnology
    • Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology
    • Medicinal Biotechnology 
    • Global Professional Development – Creativity, Change & Innovation
    • Research Principles and Preparation or Professional Experience Preparation

  • Master's Degree

    • Research Project


    Plus the following modules for the Professional Experience route:

    • Professional Experience in Life Science 1
    • Professional Experience in Life Science 2
    • Life Sciences Professional Experience Project and Reflection

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Extensive industry links with, for example, Green Biologics and Cambridge Scientific Solutions.
  • Strong track record of graduate employability, with 100% of students achieving positive destinations from the 2014 cohort.
  • Guest lectures from current practitioners in the biotechnology industry, laboratory research and other jobs in science in areas including bioremediation, rapid diagnostics, biofuels and plant biotechnology.
  • High levels of student satisfaction for ‘Biology and related Sciences’ – 95% overall and 89% for the quality of teaching compared to a sector average of 83% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTSE) 2016.
  • Research-inspired teaching with input from experts in our Sports, Life and Exercise Sciences research centre (CSELS), which focuses on the themes of: cellular and molecular biosciences; biological systems, health and disease; and physical activity, exercise and obesity.
  • Access to a well-equipped suite of analytical and biological laboratories where you will have the opportunity to get hands on experience using industry standard techniques, such as flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography, and confocal microscopy.

Your main study themes are:

  • Research Techniques in Biotechnology: This module aims to provide a comprehensive laboratory programme including culture of micro-organisms, mammalian cells, plant cells and viruses. Students should also extend their experience and understanding of molecular biology and analytical chemistry techniques that are core to modern biotechnology and further develop understanding and application of bioinformatics and statistics.

  • Principles of Biotechnology: This module aims to develops students’ theoretical understanding of the global impact of biotechnology, including economic aspects, legislation and ethical considerations. Students should extend their knowledge of essential molecular biology which underpins modern biotechnology. This includes the theoretical aspects of modern genome science, genetic engineering, gene therapy, synthetic biology and transgenic organisms.

  • Critical Review in Biotechnology: This module aims to develop students’ skills as a critical reader of scientific literature. It will bring together understanding of the current knowledge base in biotechnology together with the laboratory and data analysis methods that are commonly employed.

  • Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology: The module aims to provide students with an insight into the interdisciplinary approaches that are employed in environmental and industrial biotechnology. Students will explore, both through literature research and practical experimentation, processes such as biocatalysis, bioremediation, biofuel technologies, functional foods and biosensors.

  • Medicinal Biotechnology: Students should learn the impact of modern biotechnology on health, focussing on the applications of biologically derived products in the prevention and treatment of disease. Students should extend their team working skills through a collaborative laboratory project, and their scientific communication skills and confidence through regular student led journal club meetings.

The course can be studied over three semesters and one year as a traditional full-time Master’s programme and two years part-time, starting in September and January. It can also be studied over 20 months as an extended full-time programme ‘With Professional Experience’. This incorporates the additional professional experience modules, in which you will have the opportunity to gain experience throughout either an internship with an external organisation or with the University and then write up a report detailing what you have learned.

Internships, subject to competitive application and selection, will normally be undertaken for three to five days per week for 18-22 weeks over two semesters. Those unsuccessful in gaining an external internship will undertake an internal internship that is based at the University, but which may have some input from external organisations, depending upon the nature of the internship.

Teaching and learning incorporates lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations and practical laboratory sessions, all supported by an extensive suite of analytical and biological laboratories staffed by experienced technicians. In addition, each module is supported by extensive online material to help prepare you for your taught sessions and to assist with your personal study.

Where possible, coursework uses applied tasks that mimic the skills needed in jobs to help ensure you are attractive to future employers, such as oral and poster presentations, and the collection and interpretation of laboratory data culminating in a detailed report. We try to organise industry visits and also offer the opportunity to participate in internships with previous students spending time with companies such as Severn Trent Water and Lytegro.

You will receive a series of lectures and seminars on selected contemporary topics in modern biotechnology and drug discovery, delivered by University teaching, research staff and invited speakers from other universities, research institutes and biotechnology industries. For example, we have recently hosted sessions on biofuels, bioremediation and transgenic plants.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical or project work, critical reviews of the literature, oral, poster and leaflet presentations and data analytical exercises.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Current hot topics in biotechnology, such as biofuels, biosensors, GM foods, and bioremediation.
  • Genomes and DNA technology, including molecular biology and genomics, and biotechnological applications.
  • Cell culture and antibody technology, including production, maintenance and applications of animal cell cultures and antibodies, and the use of immunochemical techniques for analysis and therapy.
  • Diagnosis of disease, including the use of biotechnology in disease diagnosis.
  • Research methodology, including design and management of scientific research.

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret knowledge and practice in biotechnology.
  • Collect, analyse and present data using appropriate methods.
  • Apply scientific methods to the critical analysis of literature, reflection, information searching, and research methodology in areas of biotechnology.
  • Apply scientific/clinical methods to conducting and management of research.
  • Formulate and present a critical argument using a variety of methods (eg. presentation, essay) that would stand up to critical review and scrutiny in academic and professional settings.
  • Work safely in the laboratory, establishing fundamental techniques, and carry out progressively more advanced laboratory-based investigations based on competence in biotechnology, including microbiology, cell culture and differentiation, biochemical, molecular and analytical techniques that are particularly relevant to contemporary biotechnology.
  • To lead and to collaborate with others in order to solve problems of a practical nature and to provide appropriate solutions.
  • Design a research study, including demonstrating awareness of safety and ethical issues.

Conduct an independent research project, including collection, analysis and presentation of data.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as 3 hours of laboratory sessions and 12 hours of lectures, workshops and tutorials each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on coursework assignments.

It is predicted that biotechnology will be a key driver in the world economy and this course has been designed to provide the training and development necessary for global careers within the biotechnology sector. This course attracts like-minded students from all over the world, who are seeking to improve their scientific and laboratory skills in biotechnology, using British standard equipment and gaining extensive practical laboratory time. As such, you are likely to find yourself part of a multicultural learning environment, working alongside students who will share their own professional and personal experiences.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

I have always been fascinated with laboratory research and laboratory sessions at Coventry University, which were perfectly delivered, have definitely broadened my horizons. The lectures, workshops, tutorials, feedback, good teacher-student relationship and support have given me in-depth knowledge of the subject. The skills I learned, particularly research skills and techniques, data collection and analysis, have already benefited me tremendously in my current research studies. With these, I can confidently achieve my dreams of becoming a research scientist.

Pantong Henry Nden, MSc Biotechnology, graduated in 2014, now studying a PhD at Coventry University

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 (2.1 for the professional experience course) 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 should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 (2.1 for the professional experience course) 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.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Note: For January 2020 applications onwards IELTS requirements for the professional experience course will be 7 overall, with no component lower than 6.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 (2.1 for the professional experience course) 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.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Note: For January 2020 applications onwards IELTS requirements for the professional experience course will be 7 overall, with no component lower than 6.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£14,000
£16,700 (with prof. experience) (per year)


January 2020

£14,000
£16,700 (with prof. experience) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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.

This course is specifically designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for a career within biotechnology both in the UK and internationally.

Many biotechnologists are employed by companies in the biotechnology industry, where they may be involved in medical, industrial or agricultural biotechnology research. They can also work for contract research organisations (CROs) or academic departments within universities on research projects.

The scientific knowledge and skills you should acquire during the course can be a useful basis for a career in: teaching; technical and scientific writing (such as medical writing or writing for the media); clinical trials; drug registration, patenting or monitoring; medical publishing or other information services; regulatory affairs or sales and marketing.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in drug discovery and development, clinical trials development and governance within the pharmaceutical industry and university and hospital departments. Opportunities also exist for further study upon completion of the course at PhD level, which some of our past students have chosen to do here in Coventry or in universities as far afield as New Zealand and Africa.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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