Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology

Newcastle University

12 months
23400 GBP/year
10950 GBP/year
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This Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology course from Newcastle University will develop your molecular biology skills underpinned by biotechnology. You will also gain the skills and knowledge required for employment in the industry.

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At a Glance

  • Covers many aspects of applied biotechnological applications
  • Examine the production of novel biological compounds
  • Gain an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology

About this Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology course from Newcastle University

Biotechnology is present in all our everyday lives. It could include:

  • developing and modifying the enzymes in biological washing powder
  • research into generating high-value biofuels
  • protecting the crops growing in our fields.

Our Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology MSc:

  • provides an opportunity to experience and refine molecular biology skills
  • covers many aspects of applied biotechnological applications
  • creates networks between fundamental research, the application of biotech solutions to modelling of large-scale bioprocess engineering
  • develops your independent research skills


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Graduates have been successful in taking PhD studentships at Newcastle and other UK Universities, leading them into successful academic careers both in the UK and worldwide. In recent years several students have secured places at the Max Planck Institute, a highly prestigious research centre in Germany.

More recently, several graduates have started jobs in the North East and across the UK that directly use the skills developed in their MSc degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Antimicrobial Discovery
  • Practical Techniques in Molecular Biology
  • Biotechnology Advanced Topics
  • Genetically Engineered Organisms: Food, Pharmaceutical and Industrial Sectors
  • Applied Bioinformatics
  • Modelling and Control in Bioprocess Systems
  • Research Dissertation Project
  • Academic and Professional Skills for MSc

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no application closing date for this course.


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a related subject such as:

  • biology
  • biotechnology
  • bioscience
  • biological sciences
  • pharmacy
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Tuition Fee

  • International

    23400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    10950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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