Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, MSc Postgraduate prospectus

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

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1 years full time



Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is the science that covers all technologies required for the production, manufacturing and registration of biological drugs. Advances in recombinant genetics facilitate the routine cloning of genes and the creation of genetically modified organisms that can be used in industrial production. Pharmaceutical biotechnology is a rapidly evolving and multidisciplinary field and our programme will focus on the new developments in the production of proteins, organisms, DNA-based vaccines, therapeutic proteins, downstream processing and characterisation, bioinformatics, advanced molecular principles, and research methods.

Our programme produces graduates with a critical and analytical capability and a flexible approach to problem solving. These skills will enhance your laboratory and professional competence at a supervisory level and you will be able to work independently and use your initiative to solve the diverse problems you may encounter. You will also be able to bring a creative approach to the development and promotion of new biotechnology products.

Biotechnology is developing rapidly; there is a major emphasis on product and process-oriented biotechnological research and development for applications in agriculture, industry and the health sector. These applications will bring benefits for society and are increasingly recognised by governments, industry and financial institutions. Our programme helps to address the expanding demand from international markets for graduates with an excellent knowledge of biotechnology.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide students with an understanding of the subject specific knowledge, as well as a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem-solving in the field of pharmaceutical biotechnology
  • Provide students with enhanced practical and professional skills and thus prepare students effectively for professional employment or doctoral studies in the field of biotechnology
  • Enable students to work independently and use initiative in solving the diverse problems that may be encountered
  • Instil a critical awareness of advances at the forefront of biotechnology.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

An appropriate BSc honours degree in biotechnology, molecular biology, biochemistry or other relevant field, normally at 2.1 or above (or equivalent).

  • 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

I studied Msc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Greenwich. It was the right choice to study in this university in every aspect. I have become socialized with the international students, who came to study from all over the world. Team spirit created by the lecturers provides a comfortable social environment among international students. I have gained job experiences with the opportunities provided by the University for students and I had a chance to practice in the laboratories and to work with the lecturers personally. I'm rather satisfied with the studies and the well-equipped laboratories. At the end of the master degree, I have improved my language, gained self confidence and enhanced my knowledge in my specific field at a professional level. I would strongly recommend studying at such a reputable institution.

Busra Colpu, MSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (2014)

Extra information


Coursework, examinations, presentations, thesis, on-line assessment. 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).

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