Newcastle University

School of Biology

Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc, Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds who have little biotechnology experience. It aims to equip you with an understanding of the principles and practices that underpin contemporary biotechnology and with the knowledge base and skills required for employment in the biotechnology industry.

The programme covers the scientific principles necessary for an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology and develops generic practical skills in handling micro-organisms, molecular biological techniques and data analysis. It examines the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants, the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products, and the production of novel biological compounds. The programme also explores areas of related interest such as bioethics, regulatory affairs and the role of intellectual property in biotechnology.

For the MSc you take seven compulsory modules (70 credits), optional modules (30 credits) and complete a research project leading to a thesis (80 credits), often in an industrial setting. For the Diploma you take the same 100 credits of taught modules, but complete a short 20-credit, library-based dissertation.

Compulsory modules include: biological diversity and phylogeny; gene technology; genetically modified organisms û food and agriculture; microbial and molecular pharming; bioinformatics as a comparative and integrative science; bioremediation; bioinformatics. Optional modules include: modelling and control in bioprocess systems; social impact of biotechnology; environmental toxicology; integrated pest management and biological control; principles of plant disease management; pesticides û uses and environmental properties; quantitative techniques, experimental design and data analysis; fundamentals of cell and molecular biology; commercialisation of technology.


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