Understanding and harnessing the metabolic bio-diversity of living organisms, for example in the production of biofuels and pharmaceuticals, will make a huge contribution to developing a sustainable global environment in the 21st Century. This is the ethos that permeates through an innovative new MSc Biotechnology programme for UEA. Part I of the programme will be taught through face-to-face lectures, workshops and hands-on experiments in experimental biotechnology laboratories. Together these will provide the opportunity to learn skills in data analysis, critical evaluation of data, laboratory working and report writing in the exciting new field of biotechnology for a sustainable future. The Programme will be taught by subject specialists and be supported by a number of local industries as well as the prestigious research institutes on the Norwich Research Park. Part II of the programme will include a major research project that provides the opportunity to design experiments and carry out original research on a chosen topic. The project will provide an opportunity to enhance research skills gained at undergraduate level, through carrying out higher level academic research and writing based on an awareness of knowledge at the very forefront of the field of biotechnology. It will be a substantial piece of individual work drawing on knowledge and understanding gained from the taught modules. As well as learning fundamental theory, you will develop valuable transferable skills. The University will support this by providing Personal Development sessions including presentation skills, employability and time-management. Assessment will be through a combination of formal exams, laboratory reports, coursework assignments and presentations, as well as through the research project which will be submitted as a formal, bound dissertation and assessed by external as well as internal examination.