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Discover a master's in biotechnology at Bath

Learn how to utilise the power of biotechnology to help tackle the world’s biggest challenges in healthcare and environmental sustainability.

Studying a Biotechnology MSc

Our MSc Biotechnology courses are designed to help you understand how the molecular and cellular mechanisms of biological systems can solve real-world challenges.

Course highlights

  • Study at a Top 10 University
  • Specialise in biotechnology for healthcare, sustainability or entrepreneurship
  • Gain extensive research experience including an 18-week lab-based project
  • Work in dedicated postgraduate labs using cutting-edge technology
  • Learn through a mix of traditional lectures, online learning, workshops, and seminars
  • Prepare for your future career and gain professional experience and industry knowledge with an optional placement

Research projects

On our courses, you'll undertake research projects working with researchers from across the university; a group project based in the lab and a lab-based or non-lab based project. These projects will give you extensive research experience, helping you stand out when applying for jobs or a PhD.

Career prospects

You’ll graduate with the specialist skills and knowledge desired by industry, ready for a career in research or roles outside of academia in bioscience, agriculture or environmental industries. You'll also be suited for careers in non-lab settings such as legal, educational or entrepreneurial roles.

Recent graduate roles include bioanalytical scientist, data consultant and life science conference producer.

Scholarships and funding options

If you're applying for a postgraduate course, you may be eligible for financial support. Find out about the scholarships, bursaries, and other funding available to master's students to help fund your studies at Bath.

Biotechnology (Healthcare Technologies) MSc

Learn how biological systems can be used to help solve global healthcare challenges, from repairing or regenerating tissues and organs to developing new drugs.

Biotechnology students in a lab

Biotechnology (Sustainable Biotechnologies) MSc

From generating renewable energy from biofuels to creating disease-resistant crops for food biosecurity, learn how biological systems help create a more sustainable world.

A student looks down a microscope in a lab

Biotechnology (with Entrepreneurship) MSc

Combine an interest in biological mechanisms with business and enterprise skills, and learn about the entrepreneurial opportunities of bringing innovations to a commercial market.

A biotechnology student adjusts some lab equipment while wearing protective clothing.

Improve your employability with a placement

Take advantage of our links with industry and apply for a science placement during your course.

Our Biotechnology (Healthcare Technologies) MSc and Biotechnology (Sustainable Biotechnologies) MSc courses are offered with an optional professional placement.

Going on a placement gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge during a year working in industry. You’ll be able to make contacts and try out future career options to see if it’s what you really want to do and broaden your experience and transferable skills, often while earning a salary.

Placements in industry are valuable for developing essential workplace skills such as:

  • Improving your problem-solving abilities
  • Time management
  • Prioritising tasks to meet deadlines.

You’ll also have the chance to put what you’ve learned so far on your course to practical use.

Placement opportunities can’t be guaranteed, but you will receive tailored support from our specialist team to help you secure a placement.

Hear from staff and students

Dr Zoë Burke and Dr Neil Brown from the Department of Life Sciences introduce the importance of biotechnology and current students share their thoughts on studying at Bath.

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