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Health and Life Sciences Department of Biological and Medical Sciences Biotechnology is the commercial exploitation of knowledge about living organisms and their components. The biotechnology sector is fast-moving, often at the frontiers of science, and thus requires very imaginative and capable biotechnologists and life scientists. This course is intended for those who have a life science background and wish to develop their interest and skills to work or research in a biotechnology company or laboratory. In the School of Life Sciences we undertake internationally renowned biotechnology research in areas such as monoclonal antibody applications and baculovirus expression systems. Some of this research has been spun off into new biotechnology companies or licensed for use by existing companies. We also have close links with the Oxfordshire Bioscience Network and local biotechnology industry. During this course you will learn and develop the skills and techniques underpinning biotechnology such as molecular biology, gene regulation and expression, protein and antibody technology, drug discovery and product development, cell culture and business. The MSc award requires that you undertake a research project in an area of biotechnology that interests you, which significantly enhances your research skills. Course content MSc students are required to complete 180 M-level credits, ie all the following modules. PGDip students are required to complete 120 M-level credits, ie all modules excluding the Research Project. The course is also offered on a part-time pro rata basis and we encourage applications from professionals in academia and industry who wish to upgrade their qualifications. Modules include: Business for the Biosciences (20 M credits) - designed to equip scientists with the management, finance and business knowledge and skills which, combined with an understanding of the bioscience business sector, are required to operate professionally within the sector, to take informed decisions and actions, and to develop a business plan. Molecular Biology (20 M credits) - this model will develop the core skills needed for molecular biology as it focuses on recombinant DNA technology. The history, principles and development of molecular biology techniques will be studied with discussion of variations and applications. Product Development and Biotechnology (20 M credits) - discusses drug discovery and product development, including modern screening methods, structure function prediction, and the application of nanobiotechnology. The regulation of drug development, including clinical trials, preclinical studies and ethics, will also be studied. Career Development and Research Skills (20 M credits) - consists of seminars from industrialists on careers in biotechnology. Topics covered include research skills, management, presentation and communication, business and enterprise, and grant-writing strategies. Genome Science (20 M credits) - develops an understanding of genome science, or genomics, and studies the structure, content and evolution of genomes. The genomes and genome projects of model representative organisms from the mammals, fungi, insects, bacteria and viruses are studied and their unique features explored. The experimental techniques and evidence that have contributed to our developing understanding of genomes will be emphasised. Topics in Biotechnology (20 M credits) - a series of blocks of lectures and seminars in specialist areas of biotechnology delivered by leading researchers in these areas which include molecular microbiology and virology, vaccine development, and monoclonal antibody technology. Research Project (60 M credits) - You will design a research project to explore a new question in biotechnology utilising the skills developed during this course. Potential projects are in animal, plant, environmental and microbial biotechnology. Tutors will help you plan the project so that it is both practical and topical.
Health and Life Sciences Department of Biological and Medical Sciences Biotechnology is the commercial exploitation of knowledge about living organisms and their components. The biotechnology sector is fast-moving, often at the frontiers of science, and thus requires very imaginative and capable biotechnologists and life scientists. This course is intended for those who have a life science background and wish to develop their interest and skills to work or research in a biotechnology compa...