This academically challenging and career-developing programme focuses on research and development using biological and chemical principles and systems to create new products, services and industries.
You will employ elements of the developing field of synthetic biology to bring about significant changes and major innovations that address the challenges of rapidly changing human demographics, resource shortages, energy economy transition and the concomitant growth in demand for more and healthier food, sustainable fuel cycles, and a cleaner environment.
You will learn through a variety of activities, including:
discussion groups and project groups
problem-based learning activities
You will attend problem-based tutorial sessions and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor or programme director.
You will carry out research at the frontier of knowledge and can make a genuine contribution to the progress of original research. This involves carrying out project work in a research laboratory, reviewing relevant papers, analysing data, writing reports and giving presentations.
You can find out what financial assistance may be available to you on our Scholarships and funding website. Applications for funding should be made early, with the majority of deadlines in May or June of each year.
The School of Biological Sciences offers a number of bursaries, each worth £5,000, to overseas postgraduate students who have already secured the majority of their funding. The deadline for these bursaries is in May each year.
The University of Edinburgh will offer a number of Highly Skilled Workforce scholarships exclusively to students studying the MSc in Biotechnology. The funding covers the full home tuition fee and the first deadline for these scholarships is May.
We accept applications throughout the year but if you are applying for funding we advise that you apply as early as possible, as most scholarship deadlines are early in the year and often no later than May or June.
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, you must be able to meet the minimum standards that are set out by the College and recommended by the University.
As much of the programme involves giving presentations and writing up research quickly, we would strongly recommend that your language skills exceed the minimum requirements. For the demands of this programme we would suggest IELTS 7.0 or a TOEFL-iBT of 100.