Excellent career prospects in biotechnology and related fields
Biotechnology is a priority growth area in the UK (particularly the North West) as well as a globally important industry
This course provides strong training in many issues at the forefront of biotechnology. It integrates bioscience, biochemistry and biomedical science.
Find out what our MSc Biotechnology students say about the programme and how it has prepared them for work.
This course has a good balance of biology, analytical biochemistry, and molecular biology and covers areas such as plant and medical biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology and proteomics. It is taught by specialists in medical bioscience, molecular biology, microbiology and plant science.
Following successful completion of Semesters 1 and 2, full-time students will undertake a laboratory-based research project for a minimum of four months (June-September). Set projects are available but you are welcome to propose your own project, providing you choose a supervisor and discuss the project with them.
Examples of Staff Research Interests:
Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in bioscience, biochemistry, pharmacy medicine or related subject.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.5 band score (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.
This course is for UK and international graduates who wish to gain knowledge in the emerging fields of biotechnology, and acquire the skills necessary for entering employment in the growing biotechnology industries such as food production, biomedicine and pharmaceuticals.
This course is ideal for those who are interested in Biology, Biotechnology and Biochemistry and motivated by experimental science.
You will be supervised by expert staff who are actively engaged in international research programmes. Teaching is by:
Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, oral presentations, coursework, laboratory reports and submission of the dissertation.
Research and Analytical Methods (30 credits)
Summative Assessment: One literature review and presentation (50%) / exam (50%).
Formative assessment: a series of tutorials incorporated into the lectures. Also, a current separation science workshop/coursework and tutorial/assignments will be used to assist with teaching and learning
Molecular Biology and Proteomics (30 credits)
Summative assessment: Lab portfolio (50%) / Exam (50%)
Formative assessment: Bioinformatics and other online tests / case studies
Medical Biotechnology (30 credits)
Summative Assessment: Lab portfolio (50%) / Exam (50%)
Formative Assessment: online tests through the virtual learning environment to support revision for exams.
Plant Biotechnology (30 credits)
Summative Assessment: Lab portfolio (50%) / Exam (50%)
Formative Assessment: online tests available through the virtual learning environment to support revision for exams.
Research Project/Dissertation (60 credits)
Summative assessment: Presentation (25%) / dissertation (75%)
Expertise: GM Crops
Expertise: DNA repair and cancer
This course is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in biotechnological or pharmaceutical industries, which are priority areas in both the UK and abroad. However, this course will also equip you to pursue careers in hospital laboratories and research institutes, or to continue to a PhD programme.
This course is particularly suited to those who wish to pursue a career in biotechnological or pharmaceutical industries, which are priority areas in both UK and abroad. However, this course will also equip you to pursue careers in hospital laboratories and research institutes, or to continue to a PhD programme.
Rozalia Lubiatowsua, 2014-15
I have really enjoyed studying for the MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Salford. My tutor, Natalie Ferry, has been especially helpful and supportive and actually helped me get a job after the course at the Christie Hospital Oncology Unit in Manchester. I am currently undertaking the role of Clinical Trials Coordinator and was passed this opportunity by Natalie. I have particularly enjoyed the lab classes as part of this course and the tutors were all really helpful and would respond to any queries really quickly. I would definitely recommend this course to others as long as you are well organised and have good practical skills.
Kariem Reda Ahmed, 2014-15
I particularly enjoyed the Plant Biotechnology module of the course and found the lab work helpful as this related to the theoretical aspects of the course and really helped me to understand certain elements. This course has helped me in terms of career potential and I am now looking at roles in Pharmaceutical companies, in hospitals and in food processing. I am also considering continuing my studies at Salford and working towards a PhD in stem cells and cancers.
Shahrukh Khan, 2014-15
I have really enjoyed studying this course at Salford, particularly the Molecular Biology and Protonomics modules. Natalie Ferry, the course tutor is fantastic at motivating everyone on the course and is really responsive in terms of queries. The majority of the time, I received a response within the hour. The campus at Salford is great and the library is great! I would definitely recommend this course to others.
Daniel Fawkes, 2013-14
I found my time studying Biotechnology at the University of Salford to be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. This was due to a number of reasons such as the staff and facilities. The first part of the course I was introduced to were the lectures. The lectures that were provided were extremely well prepared and were carried out by accomplished and very knowledgeable lecturers who were more than willing and able to answer any questions and/or have a discussion regarding the material covered. These lectures formed the backbone of the taught part of the course which were then utilised during the laboratory sessions. The laboratory sessions that were undertaken as part of the course and were instructed by the lecturers, like with the lectures, were extremely well organised. The facilities themselves were more than able to cater to the number of people on the course meaning all sessions ran smoothly. The sessions linked in with the lectures carried out previously which allowed for a more thorough understanding of what was taking place in the labs which then further helped when required to produce a written report on the session. As well as the taught portion of the course, I was also more than satisfied with the research project portion of the course. Throughout the project which lasted around eight weeks, my supervisor was more than able to answer any questions or queries I had surrounding the subject matter. During my time in the labs the PhD students present, along with my supervisor, were more than happy to help demonstrate any techniques I was not familiar with and/or to provide their knowledge on such techniques to help with any issues that arose with them. Overall my experience studying Biotechnology at Masters level at the University of Salford was overwhelmingly positive and rewarding. I would recommend to anyone thinking of studying this subject to seriously consider this course and look into it in further detail.
Certain modules include industrial site visits and research projects may be carried out at other institutions (recently Universities in Bremen or France and the Patterson Institute, UK). We also invite visiting lecturers to share their expertise on the subject areas.
After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,012 per 30 credits|
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,083 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits|
|Full-time PgDip||£4,332, International £8,870|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
The School is home to state-of-the-art laboratories with dedicated research labs for your research project.