MSc Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

Gain an in-depth understanding of modern bioscience research and acquire the skills needed to pursue a career in the field.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: September 2019
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
2018 entry

Overview

Our MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology provides an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies underlying modern bioscience research and trains students in laboratory and research skills.

The course includes both taught and research-based projects encompassing biochemistry, molecular cell biology, systems and synthetic biology, bioinformatics, and entrepreneurship.

This is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to plan, conduct and evaluate a programme of original research, use laboratory equipment to generate data and understand and evaluate current research.

Study programme

This full-time programme lasts for one academic year and is made up of both taught and research-based elements.

The taught elements begin in October and last for the duration of the autumn and spring terms and comprises lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory and computer classes.

The first of the research-based elements also begin in the spring term and you complete your tutored dissertation over four weeks. You then start work on your laboratory-based research project for the remainder of the year during the Summer term which is often consistent with your interests and with career aspirations.

Careers

You gain the relevant skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers in the rapidly growing biosciences and biotechnology sectors. Previous graduates have gone on to work in industrial and public sections, both in the UK and overseas.

Structure

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

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biosciences
  • Biotechnology

Research project

You take all of the research projects below.

  • Dissertation: you undertake a full-time dissertation followed by a mini-conference over the Spring term (weeks 31-35).
  • Research project: you undertake a full-time individual project in the research laboratories of the Department of Life Sciences at the start of the Summer term (weeks 36-52).

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • 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 methods

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

Entry requirements

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

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in biochemistry, biology or 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

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Making an application

To apply for this course, you need to use our online application system.

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

ATAS certificate

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

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)

2019 entry
£12,000 per year

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)

2019 entry
£29,100 per year

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.

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