MSc Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

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Overview

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies underlying modern bioscience research, and trains students in laboratory and research skills.

The biotechnology sector has grown rapidly in recent years and there are increasing career opportunities worldwide for experienced graduates who have been trained in advanced molecular bioscience, systems biology and ‘omics’ technologies, together with exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Demand for these skills is predicted to increase sharply over the next decade due to investment in the “green economy”, notably in the areas of bioenergy and industrial biotechnology.

Moreover, glycoprotein biopharmaceuticals comprise an increasing proportion of new drugs and their development, manufacture and quality control demands interdisciplinary skills in applied biosciences and biotechnology which can only be gained via advanced training at postgraduate level.

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies underlying modern bioscience research and its exploitation.

It includes both taught and research-based elements encompassing biochemistry, molecular cell biology, systems and synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and entrepreneurship.

After completion of compulsory taught modules, you will focus on a specialised dissertation and research projects that are consistent with your interests and career aspirations.

Study programme

The MSc lasts one calendar year and is made up of three parts:

  • Taught component
  • Tutored dissertation (including mini-conference)
  • Research component

The taught component begins in October and lasts 30 weeks and comprises lectures, seminars, computer practicals and tutorials. The tutored dissertation is then carried out over the next four weeks.

You then begin full-time work on your laboratory-based research project for the remainder of the year (weeks 36 to 52).

Careers

Our MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology aims to meet the global need for graduates who can successfully contribute to the rapidly developing industrial biotechnology sector. It equips graduates with the necessary tools to pursue careers in bioscience and biotechnology, whether in industry or academic research.

You will have an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies behind the current biotechnological research, as well as the transferable skills required for employment/research in the biosciences sector.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Taught

Core modules

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biosciences
  • Biotechnology

Research

Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Case studies
  • Computer-based classes
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Individual dissertation exercise
  • Individual research project
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Online lecture material
  • Practical laboratory and computer classes
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Coursework exercises
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Individual research project report
  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster presentations
  • Viva
  • Written examinations

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£10,800

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£28,000

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in biochemistry, biology or other appropriate subject.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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