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Biotechnology

Course overview

(MSc) Master of Science
Biotechnology
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Masters
Full-time
Biosciences
MSC C56012
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/pgt/assess-rules.aspx
15/04/2017

A degree with an overall 2.2 or equivalent in a relevant subject such as : Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Pharmacology, Medicine, Chemistry.

Your Degree should contain some Biology/Medical components including Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Drug Design, Immunology, Microbiology and Virology. We will consider applicants with an unrelated degree but with relevant work experience in Biology or Medicine.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

External Examiners

Prof Mark Wheatley
Chair of Biochemical Pharmacology

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 BS984-7-PS Research Project: MSc Biotechnology Core 90
02 BS983-7-SP Protein Technologies Compulsory 15 Compulsory
03 BS934-7-AU Gene Technology and Synthetic Biology Compulsory 30 Compulsory
04 BS982-7-AU Genomics Compulsory 15 Compulsory
05 BS985-7-AP Professional Skills and the Business of Biosciences Compulsory 15 Compulsory
06 BS937-7-SP Industrial Biotechnology: Enzymes, Biochemicals and Biomaterials Compulsory 15 Optional

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Offer students the opportunity to study biotechnology and its applications within an environment informed by current research in biotechnology, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics.

Provide students with core theoretical understanding and practical / bioinformatics skills in gene and protein engineering and genome analysis.

Provide a broad overview of biotechnology, with in-depth treatment of specialised areas such as industrial biotechnology, plant biotechnology and molecular medicine.

Enable students to critically analyse and interpret biological data, including molecular, sequence and biochemical data using appropriate bioinformatic and statistical tools.

Encourage students to develop an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of biotechnology.

Enable students to plan and conduct a research programme in the development or application of a biotechnological discipline.

Expose students to the business of biotechnology, and provide them with practical guidance and an understanding of employment opportunities in biotechnology.

Enable students to develop skills that will enhance and widen employment opportunities, e.g. information retrieval, evaluation and synthesis, numeracy, IT skills, presentation skills, effective working with others, complex problem solving, self-evaluation and reflection, independent-learning ability.

Allow students to develop their entrepreneurship skills.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 The role of biotechnology in health care, industry, food production and environmental management
A2 A comprehensive, systematic knowledge and understanding of selected biotechnological applications
A3 Fundamental and advanced molecular technologies including genomics, and post-genomic methodologies and their application in biotechnology
A4 The importance of bioinformatics in molecular biology and in biotechnology as a whole.
A5 Key regulatory, ethical and socio-economic issues that are of central importance in biotechnology
A6 Research-based knowledge and research methods in a specific subject area related to biotechnology
Learning Methods: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 - lectures, seminars and coursework.

A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 - analysis of papers / case studies, self-learning.

A3 and A4 - laboratory and computer practical classes.

A6 - lectures and the research project.
Assessment Methods: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5 - coursework (essays, action plan, literature review, group project report, oral presentations).

A1, A2, A3 - examinations.

A3, A4 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and worksheets.

A6 - scientific paper format report of the research project, oral and poster presentations.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Systematically retrieve, select and integrate a variety of advanced biotechnological, and molecular information.
B2 Critically evaluate the relative strengths (and weaknesses) of a range of molecular and bioinformatics methods
B3 Analyse a given problem and propose the most appropriate biotechnological approaches and tools for its solution
B4 Analyse and interpret quantitative information such as molecular data, graphs, figures, tables and apply appropriate statistical tests
B5 Integrate and link information across course components, including material met in different years, from different disciplines and covering different scales of organisation.
B6 Review a research topic and plan and conduct a research project
Learning Methods: B1, B2, B3, B5 - lectures, seminars, coursework, self-learning, practical classes and the research project.

B4 - lectures, problem sheets and practical classes, and the research project.

B6 - research project and its associated training seminars
Assessment Methods: B1, B2, B3, B5 - coursework (essays, action plan, literature review, group project report, oral presentations), and scientific paper format report of the research project.

B2, B4, B5 - examinations and scientific paper format report of the research project, oral and poster presentations.

B5, B6 - scientific paper format report of the research project, oral and poster presentations.

C: Practical skills

C1 Design, plan and carry out appropriate experiments in the laboratory effectively, working within curent technical, regulatory, safety and ethical frameworks.
C2 Combine, apply and develop appropriate up-to-date biological methodologies (including molecular techniques) to address biotechnological questions
C3 Describe and explain the principles and limitations of a range of current molecular and analytical methodologies
C4 Work as a member of a team, contributing to the planning and competent performance of biotechnological research.
C7 Explain and critically analyse how a new venutre is created and managed
Learning Methods: C1 - practical classes, the research project and associated training seminars.

C2, C3 - lectures, seminars, practical classes and the research project.

C4 - practical classes and the research project.


Assessment Methods: C1, C2 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and as worksheets; scientific paper format report, oral presentation and poster from the research project.

C3 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and worksheets, essays, examination.

C4 - group project report and oral presentations.


D: Key skills

D1 Write clear, concise structured reports, including graphical material, describing complex and original material. Construct well-argued and clearly presented essays and reviews; give oral and poster presentations to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Write an in-depth review of the literature for selected topics. Prepare a professional Curriculum Vitae.
D2 (i) Use current networked PC operating systems for normal file management, (ii) Use current standard word-processing, spreadsheet, web browsing, web-page authoring, email and statistical packages, (iii) Able to locate and use on-line catalogues and databases
D3 Apply appropriate advanced statistical and quantitative methods to analyse data. Apply other advanced quantitative methods used in biotechnology
D4 Explore, analyse and find effective solutions for problems involving reasonably complex information
D5 Work effectively as part of a team to collect data and/or to produce reports and presentations, and organise a scientific conference.
D6 Work independently, set realistic targets, plan work and time to meet targets within deadlines and evaluate and reflect on own performance, and how this can be improved to enhance employability.
Learning Methods: D1 - lectures, seminars, coursework, self-learning, the research project and its associated training seminars.

D2 - lectures, seminars, coursework, self-learning, practical classes and the research project.

D3 - lectures, seminars, coursework, self-learning, practical classes and the research project.

D4 - lectures, seminars, coursework, self-learning, practical classes and the research project.

D5 - lectures, seminars, coursework, self-learning, practical classes and the research project and its associated training seminars.

D6 - seminars, coursework, self-learning, practical classes and the research project.
Assessment Methods: D1 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and as worksheets; examinations; group project report and oral presentations; action plans; CV; scientific paper format report, oral presentation and poster from the research project.

D2 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and as worksheets; examinations; group project report and oral presentations; action plans; CV; scientific paper format report, oral presentation and poster from the research project.

D3 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and as worksheets; examinations; class tests; scientific paper format report, oral presentation and poster from the research project.

D4 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and as worksheets; examinations; essays; literature review; group project report and oral presentations; action plans; scientific paper format report, oral presentation and poster from the research project.

D5 - group project report and oral presentations; action plans; preparation of a scientific conference.

D6 - laboratory reports in scientific paper format and as worksheets; examinations; essays; group project report and oral presentations; action plans; CV; scientific paper format report, oral presentation and poster from the research project; preparation of a scientific conference.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

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Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.