Biotechnology Research

Ulster University - Coleraine

Biotechnology Research

This course is primarily designed for those who wish to develop their career in the biosciences, with particular emphasis on biotechnology research in academia, or bio-pharmaceutical and bio-industries.

With an advanced education in biotechnology research, you will acquire the knowledge and technological skills required to support biotechnology-based industry and research, nationally and internationally.

In the third semester of the course, students will have the opportunity to undertake an independent full-time research project within one of the research groups in the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute (BMSRI).

For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.

Subjects taught

Year one
Advanced biotechnology and bioinformatics
The module aims to give students an appreciation of the systems and concepts applied in Biotechnology research and provides relevance to the biomedical and biotechnology industries. Teaching is primarily through interactive lecture sessions, tutorials, and database mining.

Current Topics in Biotechnology Research
This module involves an in depth study of selected topics in biotechnology research which are the subject of considerable current interest. This module examines a diverse range of topics encompassing areas such as stem cell technology, genetic modification techniques, novel diagnostic technologies and innovations in biofuels and bioprotein. Case studies, augmented by laboratory practical work, are used to illustrate current applications of microbial diagnostics and future directions of diagnostics are discussed.

Scientific Methods and Communication
This module consists of independent pieces of work designed to develop key skills in the areas of literature searching, poster and grant writing, presentation skills, and the critical analysis of disciplines relevant to biotechnology research.

Professional Practice
This module is designed to facilitate personal development and a deeper understanding of professional practice in the growing and evolving global bio-sector, further developing personal core concepts, skills, and attributes to enhance graduate employability.

Biotechnology Research Project
Students are expected to apply theoretical knowledge to a problem of a practical nature. They will carry out experiments with the object of solving the problem. They will present their material in oral and written formats.

Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University's General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.

Applicants must have gained:
(a) second class honors degree or better in Biology/Biochemistry/Biotechnology/Microbiology/Biomedical sciences from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard;

or an equivalent standard (minimum 50%)

(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

(c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

If English is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

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This course is open to international (non-EU) students.

For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink" below).


Course Code: PhD (full-time) 1PM1; PhD (part-time) 1PM2 MD (full-time) 1MD1; MD (part-time) 1MD2 MSc (full time) 1MSD1; MSc (part-time) 1MSD2

PhD (Anaesthesia), full-time
PhD (Anaesthesia), part-time

MD (Anaesthesia), full-time
MD (Anaesthesia), part-time

MSc by research, (full-time, 2 years)
MSc by research, (part-time, 3 years)


Research Areas

Gene and Stem Cell therapies for Acute Lung Injury
Therapeutic Hypercapnia and Acute Lung Injury
Postoperative Analgesia
Evaluation of Medical Devices
Critical Care Utilization and Requirement

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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