MSc Biotechnology

The field of biotechnology has been revolutionised in the past ten years by advances in molecular biology, genome sequencing and large scale-omics profiling (including proteomics) as well as the ability to manipulate genomes via genetic modification and genome editing tools.

During your studies, you will explore global challenges of population growth, increased life expectancy, antibiotic resistance, sustainable agriculture and the demand for food and fuel.

Available with full and part-time study routes, the programme is designed to develop the analytical techniques and problem-solving skills necessary for postgraduate-level employment in the biotechnology sector.

You will:

  • Develop the skills needed to address some of the major challenges facing the world today
  • Learn how genetic modification and genome editing contribute to both medical and commercial research
  • Learn genome editing technology (CRISPR) and the possibility of adjusting the genome to achieve desired goals


The co-creation of knowledge is an overarching learning and teaching strategy at the University. You are encouraged to see yourself as producers of knowledge and collaborators in your learning experience.

Learning methods are designed to train you to assess real-life situations and provide measures that would lead to improved professional practice. You will experience a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory practicals. Seminars are designed to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Alongside formal teaching, you will also have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.


This programme prepares you for career developments in research, academia and related employment fields. With growing interest in biotechnology fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that new research and work opportunities will arise.

Many of our biotechnology science graduates secure roles working as research associates and technicians in clinical and research laboratories, at research universities, and at pharmaceutical and biotechnology organisations, both in the UK and worldwide.


Salford is well-positioned to provide you with access to career networks and research opportunities. Locally, the North West is the fastest-growing employment region outside of London in science and biomedical science-based vacancies.

The University i is driven by industry collaboration, and we ensure that learning is enriched by our partners and networks. Course modules include industrial site visits and opportunities to engage with research projects carried out at other institutions (recently Universities in Bremen or France and the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute). We also invite guest lecturers to share their expertise in relevant scientific fields.

The School has a regular Postgraduate Research Seminar Series in which experts from outside the University share their knowledge and latest research findings.

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  • Compulsory modules
  • Postgraduate Scholarship Skills
  • Molecular Biology and Proteomics
  • Genomics
  • Novel Therapeutics
  • Compulsory modules
  • Research Design and Delivery
  • Green Biotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Professional Practice
  • Research project
  • £15,030 Per Year

    International student tuition fee

    1 Year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time