2020 start
MSc

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science

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Course description

Through research-focused training, you’ll develop your skills in planning and carrying out your own experiments, approaching scientific problems experimentally across molecular biology and biotechnology, and using revolutionary laboratory techniques, including CRISPR genome editing technology, Western analysis, and BLAST DNA sequence analysis, to solve these problems.

Through lectures and seminars delivered by visiting experts from leading universities across the globe, you’ll gain a unique perspective on the underpinning theory and latest research spanning the breadth of molecular biology.

Once you’ve mastered the latest molecular bioscience techniques, you’ll be ready to apply these skills to your Research Project. Here you’ll spend up to six months researching an area of molecular biology or biotechnology that matches your future career aspirations under the supervision of an expert in the field. Topics may include molecular biology, plant biotechnology, industrial biotechnology or metabolic engineering.

After your degree

This course has been designed to develop your confidence and independence to become a reliable researcher or investigator in the fast-moving biotechnology industry. It’s also good preparation for a PhD.

Intercalation

We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Laboratory Skills in Molecular Bioscience

  • Cells as Factories

  • Advanced Research Topics

  • Literature Review

  • Research Project (typical research areas include plant genetic engineering, protein engineering, environmental microbiology or genetic studies by mutagenesis)

Optional modules

Choose any three from:

  • The RNA World
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • The Microbiology of Extreme Environments
  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering
  • Advanced Bioprocess Design Project

Teaching

Our masters courses give you a solid grounding in experimental science, with personal supervision and tutorials by experienced scientists, based in modern, well-equipped labs, leading to a project in which you design and conduct your own research. You will learn cutting edge science from research leaders, and gain practice in reading scientific literature and writing reports.

Assessment

Assessment is based on a combination of coursework, project work, formal examinations and a dissertation.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent university qualification in molecular biology or a related subject (eg biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, and microbiology).

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

Candidates with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

mbb-pgt-apply@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2750

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.