‌MSc in Industrial Biotechnology


This taught Masters prepares students for research and industry-based careers in biotechnology research and development. You will gain research experience and interdisciplinary training in state-of-the-art biomolecular and biochemical techniques. The programme is based in the Department of Biology, which is one of the UK’s top- ranked biological sciences departments for research, teaching and impact. Staff in the Centre for Novel Agriculture Products (CNAP) and Centre for Immunology and Infection (CII) contribute teaching, and research opportunities.

Key features

  • Integrated training in modern recombinant DNA, fermentation and bioreactor technology
  • Develop the skills to support an research or industry -based career across any area of modern biotechnology.

Taught modules

  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Data Analysis and Programming in the Biosciences
  • Research, Professional and Team Skills
  • Optional modules include: Biocatalysis, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Bioremediation.

Research projects

Independent study module carried out as a placement either within the University or as an external placement. Recent external placement destinations include MicroLab Devices, Leeds; Cancer Research UK, London; Computomics GmbH & Co, Tübingen; and Forsite Diagnostics Ltd, York.

Research and transferable skills

  • Appreciate the role of science in industry, eg commerce, IP issues and ethics
  • Data analysis, programming and professional skills modules.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Students applying for postgraduate study in our Department should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). If you are an international student please check the minimum requirements for your country or region.

Language requirements

If your first language is not English you will need to show evidence that you meet our English language requirements:

  • IELTS: (Academic): 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each section
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65, with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

If you have any queries, please email biol-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk


Applications for our MSc in Industrial Biotechnology are made via "Select" (our University's Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our online system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it. We do not require you to provide a sample of written work.

Deadline for receipt of applications

Tier 4 students: 15 July 2017

UK/EU students: 31 August 2017


Course start date: Monday 25th September 2017

Duration: 12 months, full-time only


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