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MPhil Biotechnology

The MPhil programme in Biotechnology is a new exciting opportunity in which world-leading scientists are brought together to deliver a one-year MPhil degree with an in-depth multidisciplinary scientific programme.


The M.Phil. in Biotechnology is a full-time course based in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Other Departments within the University contribute by teaching some of the modules and hosting research projects.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide students with advanced technical knowledge of biotechnology;
  • Provide students with practical skills in biotechnology;
  • Provide training in research in biotechnology;
  • Produce graduates with a fundamental understanding of biotechnology who will go on to be leaders in the biotechnology industrial sector.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced technical knowledge of biotechnology;
  • Show proficiency in biotechnology practical work;
  • Show awareness of modern bioanalytical techniques and their limitations;
  • Undertake a research project which requires an understanding of techniques and published literature, originality in the application of knowledge, and some degree of self-direction.
  • Communicate by writing formal reports and by giving oral presentations;
  • Manage tasks and work to deadlines.


Applicants should hold a first or a good upper second class honours degree or equivalent. The course is currently aimed primarily at those who have a background in physical science or technology (such as engineering disciplines, physics, mathematics or computer science).


October- August

Teaching Methods

Students will be taught through lectures, small group teaching, training workshops, practical classes (both laboratory and computational) and research projects (both as an individual and as part of a team).

Students will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, but attend some programmes in other parts of the University.

There is an annual intake of around 10 students selected through a highly competitive application process.

A summary of the proposed 2018-19 course is found under Course structure (subject to change). Full synopses will be published later in the year.

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