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Newcastle University: Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
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Our MSc is for students from a variety of backgrounds with varied levels of biotechnology experience. You will develop an understanding of contemporary molecular biology and biotechnology principles and practices. You will also gain the skills and knowledge base required for employment in the biotechnology industry.

This course covers the scientific principles needed to give you an advanced understanding of contemporary industrial biotechnology. It helps you to develop generic practical skills in: •handling micro-organisms •molecular biological techniques •data analysis.

You will examine: •the production of novel biological compounds •the fundamental role played by micro-organisms in the turnover of pollutants •the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products •use and exploitation of genetically modified organisms (GMO).

The course also explores areas of related interest in biotechnology, such as: •bioethics •regulatory affairs •the role of intellectual property and commercialisation.


The School of Biology has an outstanding range of facilities to support our research and teaching, including: •fully equipped teaching and research laboratories •lab scale fermentation of novel biological compounds.


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