Northumbria University

Northumbria University


The main focus of this course is on molecular biotechnology; molecular biology, (molecular) genetics and bioinformatics form the backbone of biotechnology, and different aspects of these feature in a number of modules; thorough understanding of the link between DNA, RNA and protein is pivotal; students study gene expression and protein production and purification, and applications thereof in different biotechnological fields; in addition to developing subject-based expertise and skills, students consider the many global issues associated with recent biotechnological advances; in addition, the course helps students apply knowledge and skills in addressing specific biotechnological problems in the fields of animal, plant and microbial biotechnology.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a lower 2nd Class Honours degree in a science-based subject or an equivalent qualification which includes experience in genetics, molecular biology and or their relevant areas; applicants whose 1st language is not English require a British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 575 (or above) or equivalent.

Course modules

Plant biotechnology; bioinformatics; molecular biology; molecular and cellular science project; industrial biotechnology; graduate science research methods; medical biotechnology.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST North East

Key information

Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
0191 227 4444