Advances in Molecular Biotechnology

Academic year 2019/20
Owning department Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits (ECTS) 20
Notional study hours 400
Level FHEQ level 7
Period Weeks 1-33
Availability Compulsory unit on MSc Molecular Biosciences (Biotechnology)


This compulsory unit provides a theoretical grounding in the fundamentals of molecular biotechnology leading to the latest advances in the development and application of biotechnologies in various fields.

Topics include:

  • protein and enzyme biochemistry
  • biocatalysis and plant biotechnology
  • development of new technologies (applying principles of high-level biophysics)
  • the application of technologies relating to the biopharmaceutical, industrial, food or agro-industries.


After successfully completing this unit, you should be able to:

  • apply your understanding of your core knowledge underpinning molecular biotechnological concepts
  • critically evaluate and communicate the findings of a cutting-edge research publication through a formal presentation
  • critically review the research literature on the latest advances in a given area in molecular microbiology
  • demonstrate an integrative and evaluative approach to addressing some of the challenges and opportunities in molecular biotechnology.

Unit delivery

The unit will be taught using a blended approach, which combines face-to-face interactions with online activities, including:

  • online essential concepts videos and study material for the first few weeks, supported by weekly online sessions by tutors
  • face to face lectures, computer sessions, seminars, workshops, small group tutorials to help consolidate the content and to enable deeper learning
  • Journal clubs, Behind the Paper and data interpretation and analysis sessions, designed to expose you to the latest research developments in the field and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills
  • bioscience skills masterclasses to help you strengthen your skills, such as writing, presentation, time management, organisational and interpersonal.

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