University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

The biotechnological applications of molecular biology underpin major industries in the medical and agricultural sectors. Insights from the study of genetic material are already benefitting the development of new diagnostic tests, therapeutic agents, bioenergy production systems, improved crops and more. The range and value of these developments is rapidly increasing. This exciting MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology program provides training for bioscience graduates to develop confidence and independence in their practical skills and knowledge relevant to careers in this area. Successful graduates will be ready to undertake further study at PhD level or to enter employment in the biotechnology sector. You'll learn essential practical skills; study the relevant theory in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) and Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBE); and carry out an individual research project, in which you'll learn how to design and conduct research, keep records and present the research in different styles.

Course modules

Core modules Laboratory Skills in Molecular Bioscience Principles of Biochemical Engineering Advanced Research Topics Literature Review Research Project (typical research areas include plant genetic engineering, engineering of proteins of commercial importance, or genetic studies by random mutagenesis). Examples of optional modules Choice two from: The RNA World Cells as Factories Plant Biotechnology Microbiology of Extreme Environments Molecular Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology

Assessment methods

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

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
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01142222722