MSc Molecular Biotechnology with Integrated pre-Masters

This two year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the one year MSc course

On successful completion of the Pre-Masters year you will progress to the MSc Molecular Biotechnology.

MSc Molecular Biotechnology
The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry.
Practical skills will include sessions on fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry, and you will go on to complete a major, supervised laboratory or computer-based research project.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop practical, analytical and numeracy skills in your Biosciences modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge and skills in the area of molecular biology and microbiology. 

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time

Duration: 2 years

Start date: October 2014

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Email: foundation-academy@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9292

Details

You will take Biosciences modules including: Skills for Biosciences, Molecular Biology and its Applications, Microbes and Man and an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge base that you need to succeed on the MSc Molecular Biotechnology or MSc Microbiology and Infection. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop practical, analytical and numeracy skills in your Biosciences modules.

Modules

Pre-Masters Bioscience Modules
Compulsory Modules                                      Credits
Academic English & Study Skills 1 20 credits
Academic English & Study Skills 2 20 credits
Molecular Biology and its Applications 10 credits
Genetics 2 20 credits
Skills for Biosciences 10 credits
Microbes and Man 20 credits
Optional (one module from the following):  
Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection   20 credits
Structures of Destruction 20 credits
Bacterial Gene Regulation 20 credits
Eukaryotic Gene Expression 20 credits
Cancer Biology 20 credits
Molecular and Cellular Immunology 20 credits

Fees and funding

A tuition fee of £12,565 will be payable for year one of the International pre-Masters programme for 2014–2015.

Fees for the second year will be the standard fees payable for the chosen masters programme. Details of fees for master courses can be found here

Entry requirements

International students:

International pre-Masters programmes entry requirements apply

Further details can be found on the International pre-Masters entry requirements page

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Email: foundation-academy@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9292

Learning and teaching

The MSc Molecular Biotechnology will provide you with the skills and specialised knowledge required for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular within an industry setting.

Overall our aim is to equip you with a theoretical and practical background needed to apply your knowledge to biotechnology problems. We focus on key techniques used in molecular biotechnology, including aspects of process engineering, molecular biology, functional genomics, 'omics' technologies, protein expression systems and antibody engineering.

Practical skills will include sessions on fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry, and you will go on to complete a major, supervised laboratory or computer-based research project. The course provides the opportunity to develop your writing and presenting skills and you will also study relevant numerical methods, and learn how to plan and write a grant application or a business plan.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Email: foundation-academy@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9292

Employability

Graduates from this programme will be well-placed for future careers in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biomedical and other science-based industries, many of which are undergoing a period of rapid international growth.

The programme was designed in consultation with a senior scientist in a global pharmaceutical company, and includes relevant applied elements such as modules on product development and business plans, in addition to those covering the scientific aspects of the subject.

Please see further information on Careers

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Email: foundation-academy@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 9292