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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


09 Oct 2015 1.1K Book icon 3 mins Share

Study Biotechnology in the UK

The UK offers top-quality programmes in Biotechnology with a wide variety of opportunities for postgraduate research.

09 Oct 2015 1.1K Book icon 3 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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Study Biotechnology in the UK

In India, the demand for trained biotechnologists is quite high. With an increased focus on cosmetic products that are free of animal testing and artificial additives and chemicals; there is a revival of sorts in the traditional beauty care industry. Companies that focus on products without preservatives and chemical additives are gaining traction. Challenges in the production, storage and distribution of food grains, vegetables and fruits are another growing concerns, and state governments across the country are looking for skilled biotechnologists to help improve agricultural production.

The UK with its world-class universities and excellent research facilities is a leading centre for higher education in Biotechnology.

Related: careers in Biotechnology abroad. 

Study options available

In the UK, the BSc in Biotechnology is the most popular undergraduate degree option. This is typically offered as a three-year full-time programme. The final year of study incorporates a research project as well. The core modules covered as part of the programme include - Microbiology; Bacteriology; Mycology; Biochemistry; Molecular Biology; Cell Biology;  Genetics; Immunology; Pathology; Microbial Ecology; Food Microbiology; Animal and Plant Virology; Applied Microbial Physiology; Enzymology; Physiology; Food Science; Pharmacology; Management and Communication.   

At the postgraduate level, the MSc in Biotechnology and MRes in Biotechnology (masters by research) are popular options. Postgraduate diplomas and MPhil and PhD options are also offered by leading universities. Both MRes and MSc are usually offered as one-year programmes. The core modules covered as part of the programme include - Molecular and Medical Laboratory Techniques, Techniques of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Molecular Systems Biology; Plant Biotechnology, Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology and Genomes and Molecular Genetics.  

Institutions in focus

Anglia Ruskin University offers a highly popular MSc in Biotechnology programme. With the core focus on Medical Biotechnology; DNA Analysis Techniques, Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics are the core modules of the programme. Admission intakes are in January and September.

Sheffield Hallam University offers a fine selection of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Biotechnology.  The MSc in Pharmacology and Biotechnology which comprehensively covers both subjects is quite popular among students. The programme structure incorporates modules on new drug development, Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Protein Analysis and Cancer research.  Admission intakes are in January.

Leeds Beckett University has been offering top-quality education for over 190 years. The University offers an MSc in Microbiology and Biotechnology. Students study the interactions of pathogens within the body, the role of the human immune system and the consequences of infections. At a critical juncture in world health where humanity seeks to eradicate diseases caused by Ebola and HIV; and malnutrition and infant mortality rates are serious issues. This programme focuses on the study of diseases and the microbes that cause them. Options to focus on medical diagnostics and the detailed study of pathogens are also available.

Entry requirements  

Students looking to join an undergraduate programme in Biotechnology should have studied Biology as part of their high school syllabus. An IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent is also required by most UK universities. Those looking to study a postgraduate programme in Biotechnology should have a relevant undergraduate degree with a good academic score and an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.    


The cost of a full-time, one-year programme could run anywhere from INR9 lakhs to INR18 lakhs based on the university selected and the specialisations on offer. Students should earmark roughly another 8 lakhs to 9 lakhs towards food and accommodation costs.


In the UK most leading universities offer scholarships at the postgraduate and doctoral level. Indian students are advised to cross-check with the university where they plan to study about the availability of scholarships. Additionally, a number of scholarships are facilitated through the British Council and the Government of India as well.   

Related: Find scholarships to study in the UK. 

Salary - based on different biotechnology skills

Please check the payscale (average) of people with different skills in biotechnology:

Admissions assistance

If you are looking to study a Biotechnology programme in the UK and are confused by the choices on offer; please call us on 18001032581. Our friendly study abroad advisors will be able to help you find the right university and programme that fits your budget.

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