University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Medical Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding global industry. It's driven by the development of new tools for molecular biological research, the expansion of the 'green economy' seeking biotechnical solutions to energy and industrial needs, and remarkable advances in the application of biotechnology to medical diagnosis, therapeutics and to biomedical research. The MSc in Medical Biotechnology will give you sought-after advanced skills in molecular biotechnology in the context of diagnostics, therapeutics and in biomedical research. You will also gain a vital understanding of how these are applied in molecular medicine.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

The Medical Biotechnology course is made up of core and optional units so that you can tailor your learning. The core units give you both practical and research skills as well as the knowledge that would be expected of an advanced course in molecular biotechnology. The optional units allow specialisation towards pathology, drug development, business or bioinformatics. Further options are included through a wide choice of subjects for your research project. Core units include: Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics Medical Biotechnology Therapeutics Molecular Medicine Medical Biotechnology Research Skills and Project Options to choose from include: Clinical Pathology Business Skills for Biotechnology Drug Design and Clinical Trials Bioinformatics and Omics

Assessment methods

The course is delivered to develop your practical and theoretical skills in Medical Biotechnology. Teaching is typically in small groups with a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical work that includes case and problem-based learning. The course is delivered by a team of expert scientists who publish regularly in international journals. In the research project that forms a third of the course you will work alongside other researchers in a laboratory setting. Assessment will cover all aspects of what is required to be a professional scientist using a variety of methods: written exams practical work problem solving presentations essay project work


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 15,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,200 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 7,550 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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