Biotechnology, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Learn to explore biological systems to develop new technologies, tools and products that are useful in research, industry and agriculture.
  • Develop analytical and practical capabilities in our state-of-the-art laboratories.
  • Professional skills development to prepare for effective employment in the biotechnology sector.

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1 years full time



This is a multidisciplinary degree that brings together aspects of chemistry, biology and cell biology. The modules are carefully tailored to cover the knowledge in key fields such as:

  • Gene therapy
  • Drug design
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Genetic engineering for plants
  • Animals and micro-organisms
  • Bioinformatics.

This degree produces graduates with a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem solving, enhancing laboratory and professional competence and enabling students to work independently and use their initiative in solving the diverse problems they encounter.

The programme helps you to obtain a creative attitude to the development and manufacture of biotechnology products. The intention is that skills and knowledge can be more readily transferred to professional activities.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide students with subject-specific knowledge, as well as a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem solving in the field of biotechnology
  • To provide students with enhanced practical and professional skills and thus prepare them effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the field of biotechnology
  • To enable students to work independently and use initiative to solve the diverse problems they may encounter
  • To instil a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of biotechnology.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above in biotechnology, molecular biology or related subjects

OR equivalent qualifications

OR substantial experience.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

Applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

What people say

It's been a profound experience doing my Msc Biotechnology at University of Greenwich. Ranging from the serenity of the campus, teaching aids, academic resources and the faculty. One outstanding feature here is the attention the faculty give to the students, its remarkable. The one year program contents are woven and knit in such a way that they open up your mind and skills to a world of opportunities and prospects. My career attitudes and prospects have been improved and well-furnished here at Greenwich. I feel more empowered and resourceful, so much so that I am now preparing to do a PhD to maximise my potential in providing solutions to several problems in Africa. Are you planning to do a Msc Biotechnology? The University of Greenwich is the place for you. You will doubtless make your mark.

Peter Katumba, MSc Biotechnology January 2015

Extra information


Students are assessed through:

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Presentations
  • Thesis
  • Online assessment.

Teaching and learning

This programme involves a series of lectures, seminars and workshops. Case studies will provide you with exposure to up-to-date problems and enhance your problem solving and team-work in a way that simulates an industrial setting. A research project in a well equipped department led by staff with a diversity of research experience will give you the opportunity to carry out novel research and enhance your practical skills, analytical thinking and independence.


Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, intellectual property industry (IP), academics, bio-informatics/IT, health services, research and higher degrees (PhD).

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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