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The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Biotechnology will provide students with a sufficiently broad range of both fundamental principles and innovative practices in the subject to be able to apply their knowledge proficiently in the relevant industries. The biotechnology industry is a diverse sector ranging from food and beverage production to the production of novel pharmaceuticals. However, all of these industries have much in common; they require highly trained graduates. Biotechnology is increasing in importance worldwide and it is seen as an industry that can deliver many benefits to society, such as safer and more effective pharmaceuticals; sustainable food sources; raw materials, and bio-fuels.
The overall objective of the Biotechnology degree programme is to provide students with a thorough understanding of their chosen discipline, together with the skills, expertise and knowledge required to pursue a career in either scientific or non-scientific areas.
MSc programmes last for one year (September to August inclusive) and include a substantial research project.
The Diploma covers the same classes as the MSc but lasts for just 9 months (September to May inclusive). Students admitted to the Diploma programme and who perform well in the taught courses may be invited to transfer to the MSc programme.
Course contentDetailed course guide
Students study four compulsory (core) taught courses and select a further four courses from a selection of relevant options. Students complete their MSc by preparing a research dissertation under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.
Core Subject Areas
- Food Biotechnology
- Project Studies
- Marine Biotechnology
- Practical Marine Biotechnology
- MSc Research Project
For MSc level entry, candidates must hold a First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent qualification from a British or approved overseas university (preferably in a Biological Science, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering). For Diploma level entry, candidates must hold a degree, preferably at Honours level in an appropriate subject as defined above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis; please enquire if you have any questions.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Heriot-Watt University is committed to providing opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Prior learning at postgraduate level is normally recognised to gain exemption from individual courses within a programme based on an existing academic qualification. Note that the prior learning must have been rated at the level of the courses for which RPL is sought, yet credits from an award already held by an applicant can only contribute to a higher award in the same discipline, e.g. from PG Diploma to MSc. If you believe that you qualify for RPL, please contact the Learning & Teaching Support Team via firstname.lastname@example.org, who will guide you through the RPL application procedure.
The school will only consider students' requests for RPL at the time of application for their programme of study.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
Fees & funding
|Scotland / Non-UK EU||£5200||£2600||£650|
|England / Northern Ireland / Wales||£5200||£2600||£650|
* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
** Fee per course
Scholarships & bursaries
We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.
View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.