University of Westminster

University of Westminster

Applied Biotechnology

This course is designed to meet the industry's growing demand for people with expertise in applied microbiology and biotechnology; students complement their theoretical studies with hands-on experience of fully controlled fermenters that are up to pilot-plant scale, and are linked to modern monitoring and control systems; students study a range of subjects in considerable depth, including bioactive compounds, industrial bioprocesses, microbial physiology and fermentation technology, microbial production of novel metabolites, monitoring and control of fermentation, topics in biotechnology, and types of bioreactors.

Entry requirements

Students should have an Honours degree in biological sciences, biotechnology or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification; if their 1st language is not English students should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with the written component at a minimum of 6.5 (or equivalent); during the induction stage of the course, if students do not have English as their 1st language, students need to complete academic English screening and any resulting recommended academic English support activity.

Course modules

Core modules: bioprocess design; bioprocess technology 1; bioprocess technology 2; biotechnology and business; project a: critical review and design study; project B: project and report; recent advances in biotechnology; option modules: antimicrobial chemotherapy; bioinformatics in medicine; drug discovery and pre-clinical development; environmental biotechnology; molecular bioinformatics; molecular science and genetics; molecular therapeutics; recombinant DNA technology.

Assessment methods

These include examinations, coursework and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cavendish Street Westminster W1W 6UW South East

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