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MSC Biotechnology

MSC Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the technological application of biological knowledge which has relevance to wider industrial sectors including biomedical devices, biopharma, pharmaceuticals and food. The MSc in Biotechnology is a one-year course designed to provide you with the theoretical and practical skills for employment in the industries of biomedical research, biopharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and biotechnology itself. The course curriculum consists of six months of lectures, laboratory practical sessions, career service workshops, industry-based seminars and a six-month research project. The curriculum has been developed with input from staff in local biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries, to provide you with the necessary skills required by employers. Students have the choice to complete the six-month research project in a national or international industry or university environment.

The MSc in Biotechnology degree course consists of eight course modules, set practical sessions, career service workshops, an industry lecture series and a six-month research project.


Students study the following eight modules and complete a research project:

  • Advanced Molecular Microbial Biotechnology
  • Biopharmaceuticals: formulation design, secondary processing and regulatory compliance
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Functional Foods for Health
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Modern Methods in Analytical Chemistry
  • Plant Genetic Engineering


Research Project and Industry Placement:

You will be required to complete a six-month research project based on your individual research and development in a selected field of modern science. You carry out your research in UCC’s laboratories or at an approved academic or industrial partner.


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