MSc Biotechnology

Biotechnologists use biological organisms to develop innovative products to improve health, food, and the world around us.

The Course

The MSc Biotechnology programme aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop advanced level theoretical knowledge, understanding, practical experience and training, with a particular focus on modern molecular and systems biology approaches to emerging biotechnologies.

The course is designed to provide a good grounding in core biotechnology, and specialist training in medical, industrial, environmental and fermentation biotechnology with the opportunity to complete a research project within one of these areas.

The programme also seeks to provide training and support in developing a variety of key professional skills, including communication, critical analysis and thinking, project and time management, scientific writing, teamwork, ethics, information technology and career management.

Staff can offer expertise in molecular, cell and system biology, recombinant DNA technology, protein biochemistry, structural biology, fermentation, bioengineering and many other areas. In addition to this, students can also hear from external guest speakers from industry and other schools within the University.

As a consequence of the research driven character of the School, students are expected to become research engaged. They are encouraged to interact with prospective final research project supervisors from the beginning of the course and they are invited to the School’s weekly research seminars.

Please note that this course is only available in the full-time format.

The programme includes a combination of lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, IT classes, seminars, problem-based-learning group sessions, independent learning and research projects. The programme will also have a major emphasis on the development of professional and research skills, which can enhance employability.

Term 1 features introductory modules and is designed to provide students with core theoretical knowledge on current biotechnology topics and practical training on molecular biology techniques used in modern biotechnology.


  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biotechnology
  • Professional and Research Skills in Biotechnology A

Term 2 looks to provide specialisms in medical, industrial and environmental biotechnology. It also aims to enhance practical skills with a focus on fermentation technologies.


  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
  • Fermentation Biotechnology
  • Professional and Research Skills in Biotechnology B

Over the summer, students then progress to an independent research project within a biotechnology related discipline.

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

Biotechnology Research Project (Core)
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Biotechnology Research Project (Core)

The research projects run over the summer, although elements of them are anticipated in the second term (research plan and literature review). Students are able to choose a research topic from a very broad spectrum of options, primarily linked to the research focuses of the teaching staff. Supervisors of the projects will provide outline projects but students will also have the opportunity to develop their research projects in specific directions relating to their individual interests.

Current Topics in Biotechnology (Option)
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Current Topics in Biotechnology (Option)

This module will be offered as an alternative to 'Introduction to Biotechnology' in certain situations. Please contact the programme leaders for further details.

Fermentation Biotechnology (Core)
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Fermentation Biotechnology (Core)

This module aims to provide specialised training in larger scale growth and utilisation of microbial and cell cultures. Lectures, practicals and workshops will focus on the analysis of growth kinetics and product yield optimisation with the aim of providing insight into historical and cutting-edge large-scale implementation of these biotechnologies. The practical component of this module provides students with the chance to propose and carry out their own fermentations.

Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology (Core)
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Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology (Core)

This module covers “White” and “Green” Biotechnologies and there will be a focus on the application of biotechnologies from various origins to commercial and environmental problems. Students will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge of some of the relevant topics introduced in other modules. A combination of individual and group based work aims to provide a variety of assessment and seeks to utilise skills introduced and practised previously.

Introduction to Biotechnology (Option)
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Introduction to Biotechnology (Option)

This first term module looks to set the ground for the more specialised modules that follow during the second term. It aims to offer a broad and up-to-date overview of the most important aspects of biotechnology.

Medical Biotechnology (Core)
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Medical Biotechnology (Core)

This module focuses on the aspects of biotechnology that have an impact on medicine. Students will have the opportunity to develop detailed knowledge through lectures and will be guided through the most relevant literature relevant to medical biotechnology. The aim is to build a solid background on the contribution of biotechnology to the understanding of the mechanisms of diseases, their diagnosis and their treatment.

Molecular Biotechnology (Core)
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Molecular Biotechnology (Core)

This module is delivered through a combination of laboratory practicals and lectures, with the aim of equipping students with a solid background in the most important and modern molecular techniques. The expertise of teaching staff in particular techniques is utilised to its full extent and examples of use of techniques are provided throughout the lecture and practical series.

Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences A (Core)
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Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences A (Core)

This module is designed to accomplish two goals: support the students by developing the necessary skills to proficiently face the assessments on the other modules, and improve the student employability by developing their transferable skills.

Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences B (Core)
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Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences B (Core)

This module is the follow up of the transferable skills module of semester A. It is also designed to support assessments performance and help to improve transferable skills.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment is mainly conducted through coursework including literature reviews, problems papers, oral and poster presentations (both individual and group) and ultimately the preparation of a research dissertation for the research project. There is also an examination.

Specific training on each form of assessment is included in the programme, with the aim of improving your performance as a postgraduate student.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

- £10,906, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019
- £10,609, if your course starts between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Enrico Ferrari

Dr Enrico Ferrari

Programme Leader

Enrico's research focuses on nanobiotechnology but his expertise spans from protein biochemistry to medical biotechnology. He obtained his PhD in Nanotechnology at the University of Trieste (Italy) and worked at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge before joining the University of Lincoln in 2012. Here, besides leading the MSc Biotechnology programme, he teaches on subjects related to biochemistry and molecular biology.


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

The biotechnology industry recruits qualified individuals for a broad range of roles, from sales and marketing, to research and development, manufacturing and quality control and assurance.

Research and diagnostic laboratories, either public or private, also recruit individuals with advanced knowledge on current biotechnology aspects and who are trained in modern biotechnology techniques.

To improve employability, students will receive training and support to develop a broad range of professional and research skills, including science communication and dissemination, scientific writing, career planning.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can conduct practical work with industry-standard apparatus. Equipment and facilities available for students undertaking research projects include a cell culture suite, analytical chemistry instrumentation, protein purification equipment, a scanning electron microscope, and real-time polymerase chain reaction equipment for the amplification and quantification of DNA samples.

Our library is open 24/7 for the majority of the academic year. Resources include more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.