This programme requires 180 credits.
The full time one-year course consists of two semesters of taught modules (120 credits), followed by a research project (60 credits) of three months on a full-time basis during the summer period.
Part-time students should be prepared to undertake their research project in the summer of the second year, working on a full-time basis.
Industrial and Biomedical Macromolecules
This module will provide you with a firm understanding of the structure, properties and function of industrially and biomedically important macromolecules under a variety of conditions (solution, colloid, glassy state, crystal). You will learn about biomolecular structure, properties and function of relevance to an industrial and biomedical setting.
Physical Chemistry for Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology
Gain a firm understanding of the basic chemistry behind the properties of biomolecules - properties which underpin their behaviour in vivo - and their technology, and some of the techniques used to characterise their size. You will learn about biomolecular structure, properties and function relevant to industry or in a biomedical environment.
The module will introduce you to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship. Having established the vital link between creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation, the course uses directed reading, case study exercises, reflective blog writing and group-based creative problem solving to illustrate entrepreneurial creativity in practice. You will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and learn how to apply these techniques in the context of the development, evaluation, and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential. The course culminates in you pitching your entrepreneurial opportunity to peers and real world entrepreneurs.
Launching New Ventures
You will be introduced to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including corporate and social entrepreneurship . The module will prepare you to recognise opportunities, and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas. The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this.
Postgraduate Research Project
This is an individual project undertaken either on campus or as part of an industrial placement, depending on the degree programme. If you are completing your project in industry you will have an industrial supervisor who will determine the topic of the project. You will design the study; gain familiarity with previously published literature, together with the methods/techniques, ethical issues and, where appropriate, safety procedures relevant to the topic; and undertake data collection and appropriate quantitative analysis in preparation for the report and poster presentation.
This module will provide you with an understanding of how antibody biotechnology can be applied to solve problems in an industrial and biomedical context. It will cover the following: antibody structure and function, monoclonal antibodies, IgE and its receptors, the immunoglobulin system, the structure of immunoglobulins and their complexes with antigen, solution structure and properties of antibodies, and other related topics.
Polysaccharide and Drug Delivery Biotechnology
You will learn how knowledge of enzyme and carbohydrate-based biotechnology can be applied to solve problems in an industrial and biomedical setting, including polysaccharides and other macromolecular drug delivery systems, "Smart" hydrogel and encapsulation and controlled release technologies, and therapeutic polysaccharides.
Leading Entrepreneurial Growth
The module combines practical and theoretical perspectives on the process of leading an entrepreneurial firm, managing growth, and developing a strategic plan. It will develop your capacity to evaluate multiple strategic options under conditions of uncertainty. Using multiple frameworks and concepts you will construct a strategic growth plan. The module also provides insights into personal dimensions of leading entrepreneurial growth strategies across multiple types of organisations including start-ups, family owned firms, corporations and non-profits.
This module will equip you with a firm appreciation of the techniques used to characterise biomolecular structure in solid state and in solution form. Advanced solution structural techniques: Sedimentation analysis, diffusion analysis, x-ray scattering. Solution modelling of structures. High resolution structural techniques: molecular graphics, x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance and electron microscopy.
Genetic Analysis and Bioinformatics
This module is designed to provide a forum to overview and discuss current developments in genetics. You will contribute in workshops covering aspects of modern genetics, human genetics, evolution and population genetics with case studies. You will also receive training in key skills in bioinformatics.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
This course is offered full-time and part-time. You will attend a selection of lecture-based modules and demonstrator-assisted learning in laboratory sessions.
There is a significant proportion of independent learning and small group study. You will be guided through the process of identifying a research project to suit your career aspirations.
Assessment is by a combination of unseen written examinations, coursework and verbal presentations.
There are significant opportunities within the global biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare market for scientists qualified in both research and business skills.
Average starting salary and career progression
100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £65,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.