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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Some of the hottest careers in science are linked to the rapid advances in the biotech sector. The MPhil in Biotechnology will equip you with the right set of skills to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, agritech, or bioenergy industries, or in other sectors where bioprocesses are important. It may also be a stepping stone to PhD level studies. With us, you will acquire core and advanced technical knowledge in biotechnology, explore current trends and look at the latest technologies in relevant areas, gain a wide range of practical and transferable skills, and develop business awareness. You will thus be equipped to become a player in the fast-growing biotechnology sector in either an academic or a commercial setting. The programme’s structure and contents are flexible so that you can tailor your studies to your interests and career goals by selecting your specialised modules and the area and department within the University in which you would like to carry out your research project.

Our MPhil in Biotechnology incorporates the cutting-edge research being developed at the University of Cambridge, has been designed in consultation with employers to take into consideration the workforce needs and skills gaps in the areas of interest, and is continuously updated with the input from our industry champions.

As a student at the University of Cambridge you will have access to our exceptional Careers Service. It provides general career planning advice, organises recruitment events that attract major global companies and high-profile employers, and offers one-to-one sessions with its careers advisers. The programme's faculty and industry champions are also available to provide advice in their area of specialisation.

The University of Cambridge is well known by the talent pool it generates, and its graduates are amongst the world’s most sought-after by employers. The University ranked fifth in the Global University Employability Ranking 2017 published by Times Higher Education.

As a natural result of its academic strength, the University of Cambridge has an enviable track record of spin-outs in biotech-related areas. Learn more about the University’s efforts to aid the transfer of knowledge through commercialisation from Cambridge Enterprise.

Throughout the programme your will have plenty of opportunities to interact with classmates and other colleagues, alumni, a diversity of world-class academics and our industry champions and visitors. University-wide events (e.g. extra-curricular entrepreneurship activities) and the fact that Cambridge is home to one of the most important biotech clusters in Europe will also create great networking opportunities.

In the Alumni section you will be able to learn more about the career path of some of our previous students after they left us.