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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



Admissions for entry in October 2023 are open from 15 September 2022 until 30 June 2023, but we encourage candidates to apply as soon as conveniently possible. Please note that other specific funding deadlines may be in place.

Here we give you an overview of our admissions process. Further detailed information can be found in the University’s Postgraduate Studies Prospectus. For enquiries about admissions or if you would like to get additional information about the programme before applying, please contact us.

Our requirements

The programme is designed primarily for those who intend to develop interdisciplinary skills and apply their backgrounds in engineering, physics, chemistry, maths or computer sciences in the biotech sector. A degree in these areas is normally expected, but strong candidates with other backgrounds will also be considered.

Entry to the MPhil in Biotechnology is very competitive, with the programme attracting applications from top quality students from across the world. We aim to admit highly motivated, perseverant, hard-working students, who are critical thinkers and enthusiastic about integrating scattered data and knowledge from different fields. We expect applicants to be able to demonstrate to the selection panel a high level of commitment, irrespective of formal academic qualifications.

We are committed to offering a diverse and inclusive environment, and welcome applications from under-represented groups, fully aligning with the University’s policies on equality and diversity. All applications are evaluated on the basis of academic merit.

Expected academic standard. Applicants should have achieved a UK first class or high upper second class honours degree or equivalent. If your degree is not from the UK, please consult the International section of the Postgraduate Admissions Prospectus to find the equivalent standard in your country.

Competence in English. Candidates who are not native English speakers must demonstrate that they can read, write and speak English to the standard required to fully participate in the programme. Information on the language test scores required for the MPhil in Biotechnology can be found in the International section of the Postgraduate Admissions Prospectus. Specifically, the requirements for IELTS and TOEFL are:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in the listening, writing and speaking elements, and a minimum of 6.5 in the reading element.

TOEFL (Internet Score): minimum overall score of 100, with no less than 25 in each element.

Finances and funding

Students enrolled in the programme must have funds available to pay fees and maintenance costs (please refer to the Finance section of the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus).

There is currently no specific funding being advertised for the MPhil in Biotechnology. Applicants may be eligible to apply for the general funding opportunities from across the collegiate University (please see the Funding section of the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus). The Postgraduate Funding Search tool will help you finding out which type of funding you might be eligible for, and how and when to apply.

Please note that the application deadline for some funding schemes may be much earlier than that advertised for the programme admissions in late June.

How to apply

Applications are handled centrally by the Postgraduate Admissions Office, which provides full information on the application process, including deadlines, admission criteria, colleges and funding, as well as on the post-application stage.

Upon application, you will be required to provide your transcripts, evidence of competence in English, your CV/resume, and details of two academic referees who will be contacted by the University to supply references. You will also need to provide a statement of interest (1500 characters) and explain your reasons for applying for the MPhil in Biotechnology (1500 characters). Note that additional elements may be required to apply for specific funding schemes (please refer to the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus).

After submitting an application, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (normally by video call) before the Department formally recommends an offer of admission.

Completed applications are considered in sequence by the Department, the Degree Committee and the Postgraduate Admissions Office, and the duration of the process within each of these varies. Most of the applications are considered by the Department within 8 weeks of all required elements (including the academic references) being submitted. Many applicants receive a decision much earlier than this.

Early application is strongly recommended as we operate a continuous admission process, meaning that places on the programme are allocated on an ongoing basis throughout the year.