The field of biotechnology has matured during the past decade encompassing, in addition to genetic engineering, the application of modern microbiological concepts to the new and rapidly developing field of environmental protection. The synthesis between microbiology and environmental engineering provides a means of understanding processes leading to pollution occurrence, detection, monitoring, prevention and control. Biotechnology offers both conventional and innovative solutions to problems associated with water pollution, contamination of the soil, the atmosphere, and the stratosphere.
Molecular genetics provides new techniques for the detection and modification of micro-organisms, for the degradation of hazardous chemicals, and as a means of safely controlling agricultural pests. Environmental biotechnology techniques, or bioprocesses, are now increasingly popular in the detection and treatment of wastes, wastewaters and other environmental contaminants.
These taught courses are designed and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of leading academics with support from leading-edge industrial practitioners.
Students on the MSc Environmental Biotechnology will gain experience in the use of a wide range of biotechnology techniques to analyse and solve environmental problems. There is a strong emphasis on fundamental concepts and practical hands-on laboratory-based training on sophisticated analytical tools.