Develop an understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of life, and its applications in health, medicine or food biosecurity, preparing you for a career in research or industry.
Biosciences research has a huge impact in helping people live longer and healthier lives. With the World Economic Forum identifying healthcare as one of the top 10 Global Challenges for 2030, there is a growing demand for specialists in this field. This course provides you with an understanding of the molecular basis of biological systems and focuses on applying this knowledge to improve human health and disease, food biosecurity and sustainable biotechnologies.
The unique course structure is designed in consultation with clinical and industrial partners to give you the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed for a career in molecular biosciences. You’ll gain extensive research experience by carrying out two research projects, working in dedicated postgraduate labs and with researchers from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry and our new Milner Centre for Evolution.
The course also includes a ‘Broadening horizons’ unit, giving you the opportunity to further strengthen your employability by doing a project addressing the challenges of global environmental sustainability. You’ll apply your skills related to either entrepreneurship, teaching, media and communication, or public engagement.
You’ll graduate with the specialist knowledge and employability skills for a career in further research, such as a PhD, or roles in academic, clinical, industrial or commercial sectors anywhere in the world.
Specialise in biotechnology
Biotechnology harnesses the core principles of bioengineering to generate controlled processes or products related to the biopharmaceutical, industrial, healthcare, food or agro-industries. It covers a broad range of subjects from biochemistry, genetic and metabolic engineering, molecular cell biology, systems and synthetic biology.
You’ll be based within the Medical and Industrial Biotechnology research group where you’ll work with researchers who collaborate with the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation. They bring together academic expertise from the University with international industrial and academic partners.
You’ll focus on either the development of new technologies (applying principles of high-level biophysics) or the application of biotechnology in metabolic engineering, biopharmaceuticals, biomedicine, biocatalysis and algal biotechnologies in the production of biofuels or animal/industrial feedstocks.
The course is for you if you’ve graduated from a bioscience, technology, medical, veterinary or related discipline and you’re interested in a career within the field of molecular biotechnology.
Other specialist areas available on this course include Microbiology, Bioinformatics and Medical Biosciences.
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