This one year full-time masters course (or two years part-time) consists of taught modules, research project and a dissertation. Three pathways in plant, microbial or animal biotechnology, offer the opportunity to specialise.
The Plant Biotechnology pathway will provide theory and practical skills in plant genetic manipulation, plant breeding and genome research, which underpin all aspects of agriculture and horticulture worldwide. Specialist modules will provide an understanding of plant cell biology and the role of phytohormones in plant physiology. Plant sexual reproduction is also covered in the context of improved breeding. A series of off-site visits will inform you about the latest technologies and research allied to plant improvement and provide an insight into current plant research in the agricultural and agro-industry sectors.
The Microbial Biotechnology pathway offers knowledge in using micro-organisms as production platforms for valuable compounds such as therapeutics, food additives and antibiotics. Specialist modules will provide you with an understanding of how antibody biotechnology can be applied to solve problems in an industrial and biomedical context. This pathway covers a range of topics from recent advances in the expression systems, strain engineering, challenges in scale-up of production processes and understanding production processes at molecular, genetic, physiological and cellular levels in an integrated manner.
The Animal Biotechnology pathway will prepare you for a wide range of options offered by the animal biotechnology industry. This stream covers a range of topics from molecular techniques used to study gene function in eukaryotic cells to whole organisms, to more specialized aspects of bioinformatics, molecular immunology, developmental epigenetics, molecular nutrition, reproductive biotechnologies and stem cell technologies. Our areas of expertise includes multidisciplinary projects, e.g. transgenic technologies, in vitro embryo production systems, biomarker discovery, nutritional influences on physiological functions, genetic and epigenetic basis of disease, genetic evaluation and healthy ageing.
Key elements of the course include:
- training in advanced molecular methods
- industry placement and offsite visits to industries
- training in professional skills and core competencies
- training in research skills
- technology and entrepreneurship
- career workshops
Research project and industry placement
You will complete a three months research project in your chosen pathway (plant, microbial or animal biotechnology) supervised throughout by an experienced member of academic staff. The majority of projects will be based in industries relevant to your field of study. Dedicated placement officers will work on a one-to-one basis to help you source and prepare for this placement.
The course is based on the Sutton Bonington Campus, a self-contained site only 20km south of Nottingham. Sutton Bonington is an easy bus or car journey to University Park Campus and on to Nottingham city, with a free bus service between campuses. Two other cities, Derby and Leicester are nearby. East Midlands International Airport is 7km away, plus there are fast rail links close by to London.