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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.83k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16.1k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

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    This course will equip you with versatile skills in the theoretical understanding and critical evaluation of advanced principles of biotechnology and with practical skills to underpin a career as a research scientist or within business in new product development and R&D support management. You will gain specialist research skills and technical expertise, as well as broader, transferable scientific skills. You will develop a critical understanding of key concepts in biotechnology including technologies driving discovery, new product innovation and development as well as the business principles underlying commercialisation.

    If you are interested in establishing a career in the field of biotechnology, be it in research or product and technology development, for large global companies or smaller biotech start-up companies, then this may be the course for you.

    In addition to the development of specialist research skills and technical expertise, you will develop broader transferable scientific skills. You will develop a critical understanding of key concepts in biotechnology including technologies driving discovery, new product innovation and development as well as the business principles underlying commercialisation.

    The programme comprises core modules of relevance across the biotechnology sector including cell technology, molecular analysis, business and bioethics, in addition to modules of specific relevance to medical/pharmaceutical applications.

    You will also undertake a Research Project which will enable you to use and further develop technical and professional skills. Where appropriate, you may be given the opportunity to undertake your project in industry or a research institute, thus enhancing the professional experience.

    This course will advance your knowledge of specialist areas and develop new professional skills to a high level. You will develop a theoretical understanding and an ability to critically evaluate advanced principles of biotechnology. Together with technical and practical skills, these are key to the development of a professional career whether as a research scientist or undertaking a leading role within business in new product development and R&D support management.

    You will also gain transferable skills in problem solving, planning, leadership, communication, team work and time management.

    To find out more about the experience of studying Biotechnology at Edinburgh Napier read the following student testimonial.

    * pharmaceutical
    * agrochemical
    * environmental
    * food & beverage

    What's involved
    The course is studied full-time over one year and is split up into three trimesters. Alternatively it can be studied by individualised part-time study with attendance. You can choose to start this course in either January or September. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and through independent study. There may also be some opportunities to study abroad.

    You will study modules in:

    * Cell Technology
    * Business & Bioethics
    * Research Skills - Molecular Analysis
    * Molecular Pathogenesis of Microbial Infection
    * Biotechnology & Drug Discovery
    * Option module
    * Independent Research Project


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    An Honours degree (or equivalent) in the bio-molecular sciences, e.g. biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and biomedical sciences. Alternatively you may have a degree equivalent qualification or a degree without Honours plus appropriate experience, gained in biotechnology or related industries and research laboratories. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL iBT® test: 80 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We have a selection of funding opportunities available such as the UK postgraduate tuition fee loan (Scottish & EU) and specific scholarships aimed at student from India and across Africa.

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