Autumn term 2020-21

Courses will begin on schedule in Autumn and we look forward to seeing new and returning students in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. Teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). This ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. We will do our best to provide increased on-campus teaching and research activities as we progress throughout the year.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Physics will not be able to offer all of its services as stated in the Student Handbook. For example, there will be fewer staff in the Blackett Laboratory with the others working remotely and some rooms might be closed off to students. To ensure each programme of study can be delivered safely, we'll be making some changes to our courses for 2020-21. Read about the changes to our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses, and to MRes and PhD courses.

College has produced a Covid-19 Code of Conduct and Covid-19 Guidance for Students. The Physics Department advise all students to make themselves familiar with this information.

Find out more about multi-mode delivery, the learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep students safe on campus on our COVID-19 pages for current students and offer holders.


Course Director

Dr Giorgio Gilestro

Course Co-Director

Dr Tolga Bozkurt

Course Administrator

Lucy Barron


The MSc in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology aims to:

  • Attract highly motivated students from the UK and overseas.
  • To equip graduates to pursue careers in bioscience and biotechnology either in industry or academic research.
  • Produce graduates with an in-depth understanding of the core principles and methodologies underlying current biotechnological research.
  • To enable students to develop the transferable qualities and skills required for employment or research in the biosciences sector.
  • Produce bioscience graduates with training in relevant business and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Provide a training in laboratory and research skills.
  • Meet the global need for graduates who can successfully contribute to the rapidly developing industrial biotechnology sector.

The biotechnology sector has grown rapidly in recent years and there are increasing career opportunities worldwide for experienced graduates who have been trained in advanced molecular bioscience, systems biology and ‘omics’ technologies, together with exposure to entrepreneurship and innovation. Demand for these skills is predicted to increase sharply over the next decade due to investment in the “green economy”, notably in the areas of bioenergy and industrial biotechnology. Moreover glycoprotein biopharmaceuticals comprise an increasing proportion of new drugs and their development, manufacture and quality control demands interdisciplinary skills in applied biosciences and biotechnology which can only be gained via advanced training at postgraduate level.


Course Structure

The course is comprised of three parts: a taught component, a tutored dissertation, which includes a mini-conference, and a research component. The taught component in weeks 1-30 will include lectures, seminars, computer practicals and tutorials.  Computer based practicals will be held throughout weeks 1-14.  The dissertation will be carried out in weeks 31-35.  A full time laboratory based research project will be carried out from week 36 to 52.

Weeks 1-15

Induction week followed by courses in Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and Statistics which introduce students to the fundamental concepts of modern biology, including cell biology, genomics, proteomics, experimental techniques and data handling. Assessment will be through a written examination in week 15.

Weeks 16-30

All students attend two modules comprising advanced lectures in applied bioscience and biotechnology encompassing: industrial biotechnology, glycol-technology, structural biology, cellular damage, repair and ageing, genes and genomics, infection and immunity, stem cells and regenerative medicine, neurobiology in health and disease, integrative systems biology and synthetic biology. Additional seminars and workshops will introduce students to innovation and entrepreneurship. All students will attend weekly seminars from invited external speakers from industry and the public sector. Assessment will be through two written examinations in week 30.

Weeks 31-35

Students will undertake a full-time tutored dissertation followed by a mini-conference.

Weeks 36-52

Students will undertake full-time individual projects in the research laboratories of the Department of Life Sciences.

Entry Requirements

Graduates with a first class or upper second class Honours degree in biochemistry, biology or a related subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard are welcome to apply.

View the College English Language requirements.

How to Apply

Links with Employers

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