Key Programme Information
Programme length *
Medicine, Health and Life Sciences
* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Biotechnology is the exploitation of living systems or molecules from them for commercial gain. Although the word 'biotechnology' is only a few decades old, humankind has been using biotechnology for millennia, for example in baking, brewing and sewage treatment.
Modern biotechnologies rely on our increasing ability to manipulate organisms at the genetic level and include novel waste treatments and bioremediations, new pharmaceuticals, the exploitation of enzymes in 'green catalysis' and exciting new diagnostic techniques. In the 20th century our lives were transformed by information technology; the 21st century may see an equally great transformation, but this time led by biotechnology.
This Masters degree aims to teach the fundamental molecular bioscience underpinning biotechnology along with examples of its current applications.
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Staff from the QUESTOR Centre contribute to this programme. The Centre is a dynamic, cross-disciplinary unit in which industrial partners solve key biotechnological problems in collaboration with Queen's academics. The School is well equipped and carries out internationally competitive research in microbial, environmental and medical biotechnology.
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The School of Biological Sciences was the first school of Biological Sciences in the UK to achieve a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award in recognition of its outstanding progress in promoting gender equality and addressing the unequal representation of women in science.
This MSc is taught by research-active staff members in the School of Biological Sciences. In addition, fundamental biological research skills are taught and students are given an understanding of bio-entrepreneurship. The degree culminates in a three-month, intensive research project in a laboratory in Queen's, thus preparing graduates for a career in research biotechnology.
- Foundations for Research in the Biosciences
- Literature Review
- Nucleic Acid Structure and Function
- Protein Structure and Function
- Research Project (triple module)
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Assessment & Feedback
Awards are based on continuous assessment of coursework, examinations and assessment of modules based solely on submitted work related to private, individual study. An MSc with Distinction will be awarded to a student who achieves a dissertation and average mark both exceeding 70 per cent.
Learning and Teaching
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the Msc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.
Teaching is across a combination of morning, evening and afternoon classes.
Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course include; lectures, practical experiences, E-Learning technologies, Self-directed study and added value qualifications to enhance employability.
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant area of science or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants with qualifications below 2.2 Honours degree standard (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they can demonstrate appropriate experience, acceptable to the School.
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:
go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.
Please click the links below for more information:
English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
How To Apply
Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.
If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.
Dr Konstantin Panov
School of Biological Sciences
Tel: 9097 2119
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What types of jobs do students go on to do after finishing the MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology?
Many of our students go on to pursue further PhD study in many areas including healthcare research and biological sciences here at Queen’s and further afield. Others go on to work in a wide variety of roles in both the private and public sector here in Northern Ireland and internationally. The following are some of the jobs they have taken on:
- Lab Technician, University of Nevada, Reno
- Regional Sales Manager at Integrated DNA Technologies, Melbourne
- Organic Analyst, RSK Group
- Formulations Analyst, Norbrook
- Right First Time Specialist, Pfizer
- Research Associate at Zymergen, Inc
- Technical Support, Qiagen
- Systems Verification & Validation Scientist, BD Bioscience
- Quality Assurance, Baxter International
- Trainee Biomedical Scientist, Western Trust
- Clinical testing, Almac Group
- Associate Scientist Technical Operations, Abbott
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Fees & Funding
There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.
For tuition fee information see www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Some funding may be available from County Councils (Republic of Ireland). For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy