Biosciences for Industry MSc

Study MSc Biosciences for Industry at Aston University, Birmingham to advance your understanding of recent scientific and technological developments that play a fundamental part of growing the UK Biotechnology industry.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

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1 year

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Course outline and modules

MSc Biosciences for Industry at Aston 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 skillset for further research and learning, such as PhD study.

Bioscience research at Aston

Aston is home to an expansive and highly regarded bioscience research department.

You’ll be taught by passionate research active academics whose specialist areas of research include the development of tissue-engineered in vitro models of disease, specifically wound infections, optimisation of bioprocesses for the advance of cellular therapies, and membrane proteins and enzymes.

This research is fed into our teaching, to ensure that you not only have access to the very latest trends and thinking in this specialist area, but that you also develop a critical appreciation of recent scientific developments and their clinical and industrial application.

International students and post-study work visa

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.

As a University, we welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

Course outline

Throughout your time at Aston, you will gain specialist knowledge and practical expertise. From developing an informed and critical appreciation of recent scientific developments to therapeutic proteins, in particular monoclonal antibodies, this course is an ideal mix of practical and theoretical exploration.

In addition, aiding students to gain additional knowledge through a research project, MSc Biosciences for Industry at Aston will enable you to contribute to a broad spectrum of career opportunities spanning academic, commercial, industrial and biomedical/healthcare applications.

Core modules

  • Essential Laboratory Skills
  • Introduction to cell and Molecular Biology
  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Cell Factories and their Industrial Applications
  • Purification Strategies and Biomolecules
  • Manufacturing of Monoclonal Antibodies
  • Professional Development and Research Communication Skills
  • Laboratory Competency Assessment
  • Research Project


This course is part of the School of Biosciences which sits within the College of Health and Life Sciences.

Entry requirements

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.

All applicants require:

  • Lower second class honours degree (2:2) with a minimum overall of 55% or above from a recognised university in a biological, biomedical or biochemistry 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.
  • For International Students intending to do a foundation year. Click here to find out more.

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.

More advice on applying to Aston can be found here.

International foundation programmes

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, we have a range of pathway programmes offered by our partner, ONCAMPUS Aston, which you can complete to progress onto one of our degrees.

Learning, teaching and assessment


You will learn through a variety of teaching and learning methods, including practical classes, lectures, seminars and tutorials.


Assessment will vary depending upon the module and will include examinations with multiple choice questions, essay questions and continuous assessment through coursework. Novel methods of assessment are also used such as ‘Dragon’s Den’-style demonstrations to enhance your critical thinking, research and presentation skills.

Key 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.

  • Develop skills in biochemical properties of therapeutic molecules and biologics and their uses.
  • Develop critical awareness of methods and technologies used for manufacture and purification of therapeutic molecules, in particular, monoclonal antibodies.
  • Develop critical analysis skills.
  • Develop critical awareness of the technologies and tolls used for the industrial manufacture of therapeutic proteins.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of purification strategies of biomolecules.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate solutions in manufacturing and purification of biomolecules.
  • In addition, develop key transferrable skills such as technical writing, team working, presenting, critical analysis and negotiating.

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’ll have access to a range of facilities including:

  • Extensive and well-equipped laboratories with a variety of equipment designed to support your learning in an industry-relevant environment. This includes tissue culture facilities, bioreactor cell culture, flow cytometry and fluorescence imaging.
  • Refurbished lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and computer laboratories.
  • 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.
  • Aston Library, fully refurbished and equipped for the digital age. Open 24 hours a day at key points throughout the year, with a variety of study spaces, academic support advisors, and course texts available electronically or in book form.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22)


International/EU students (2021/22)


The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as Home students.

UK postgraduate loans are now open

If you’re starting a masters course on or after 1 August 2021, you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with course fees and living costs.

UK postgraduate loans are now open


At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

20 per cent postgraduate alumni scholarship

Take advantage of the Ferguson Scholarship supported by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to consider studying in the UK. Seven £10,500 will be available to students from Africa and South America for the  2021/22 academic year. For more information, click here.

Career prospects

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 commercial or process engineering bioindustry sectors.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Biosciences for Industry at Aston University?

Throughout your time at Aston, you will gain specialist knowledge and practical expertise developing an understanding of recent scientific and technological advancements. You will benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and a virtual learning environment, all whilst working closely with passionate research active academics.

What facilities will I have access to?

Aston University is home to a wide variety of facilities and equipment that will benefit you during your studies. Along with research laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment you will have access to a variety of equipment designed to support your learning in an industry-relevant environment. This includes tissue culture facilities, bioreactor cell culture, flow cytometry and fluorescence imaging.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding careers support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government have created a new post-study work visa. See here for more information.


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