Biosciences for Industry MSc

Gain key scientific and engineering knowledge that is fundamental in the growing UK Biotechnology industry with this MSc Biosciences for Industry course. Develop your understanding of recent scientific and technological developments, and use this knowledge in industrial applications, as well as a practical skill set for further research and learning.

 

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 year

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Key information, entry requirements and fees

Mode of delivery: Full time, on campus 

Duration: 1 year

Applications: Applications for September 2021 entry will be open in late 2020

Start date: September 2021

Intake: Approximately 20 students per year

Fees: Fees for 2021 entry will be available once applications open in late 2020. 

Entry requirements:

Candidates considered

We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess a good honours degree (lower second class honours degree with a minimum overall average of 55%) from a recognised university in a biological, biochemistry, biotechnology or engineering based subject, or a related field.

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • Applicants must possess a good honours degree (lower second class honours degree with a minimum overall average of 55%) from a recognised university in a biological, biochemistry, biotechnology or engineering based subject, or a related field.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course outline, what you will study and assessment

This course aims to provide you with key scientific and engineering knowledge that is fundamental in the growing UK Biotechnology industry. The course aims to enable you to develop an understanding of recent scientific and technological developments, to use this knowledge in industrial applications, as well as a practical skill set for further research and learning, such as PhD studies. Your teaching will be made up of practical classes, as well as lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also have a research project, where you will explore an area of biosciences and develop your research skills.

Modules:

  • Laboratory Competency Training
  • Advanced Laboratory Skills
  • Professional Development and Research Communication Skills
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Cell Factories and their Industrial Applications
  • Purification Strategies of Industrially Manufactured Biomolecules
  • Manufacturing of Monoclonal Antibodies
  • Dissertation project

Assessment will vary depending upon the module and will include examinations with multiple choice questions and essay questions, continuous assessment through coursework, and novel methods of assessment, such as ‘Dragon’s Den’-style presentations.

Teaching Staff

Course Director

Dr Patricia P. Esteban

Patricia is a Lecturer in Regenerative Medicines with a background in Chemical Engineering. Her research focuses on the development of tissue-engineered in vitro models of disease, specifically wound infections, and optimisation of bioprocesses for the advance of cellular therapies.

Key members of teaching staff

Dr Alan Goddard

Alan is a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and also has a background in Biological Sciences. His research interests focus around membrane proteins and the lipid membranes in which they reside.

Professor Roslyn Bill

Roslyn is a Professor in Biotechnology. She leads Aston Membrane Proteins and Lipids research centre, a collaborative, multidisciplinary team of six principal investigators, who work on membrane proteins and lipids at Aston.

Dr Russell Collighan

Russell is a lecturer in Molecular Biology, and his research interests are focused on a group of enzymes called transglutaminases, which are found in many organisms such as microbes, plants and mammals.

Facilities

Lecture, tutorial and seminars take place in modern rooms fully equipped for effective teaching and learning. Practical classes are held in well-appointed student laboratories, whereas the research project is in bespoke student project laboratories with access to research laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment.

You will benefit from:

  • Extensive and well-equipped laboratories to support your learning and research, featuring state-of-the-art equipment. 
  • Refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment.
  • A large computer laboratory.
  • A virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form.
  • A newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library. The Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day on 6 days a week.

Careers

Graduates from this course are prepared both for a research-focused role in industry and academia, in addition to industrial process development and commercial sectors.

You can therefore expect to apply for roles in further research, in the form of a PhD or research assistant, or undertake a career in the commercial or process engineering bioindustry sectors.

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