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Applied Biomolecular Technology for the Biopharmaceutical, Food and Biotechnology Industries MSc    Back

The University of Nottingham Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Nottingham, United Kingdom Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 8,946.52 (GBP 6,630.00) - EUR 26,043.42 (GBP 19,300.00)

Description

The MSc Applied Biomolecular Technology offers advanced training for biological, chemical and physical scientists (pure and applied) for careers in the pharmaceutical, food/nutrition, health-care, biomedical, oil and other important industries or as a basis for entry to MRes or PhD.

Biomolecular Technology underpins the production of drug delivery systems, the making of healthier food products, the design of health-care products, the making of antisera and vaccines - and even the efficient extraction of oil from the harsh environment of a deep well: these are among the biotechnology processes which depend in fundamental terms on our ability to handle giant molecular complexes of living origin. Furthermore, molecular biologists and chemists are now increasingly able to engineer new types of proteins and complexes over and beyond those which 3 billion years of evolution have provided.

Industry needs skilled personnel capable of understanding how these molecules may be used in an industrial context and the processes of gene cloning and protein engineering.

A three month industrial placement module offers an exciting opportunity to discover first hand the needs of modern industry and provides advanced training for employment and further academic studies.

Modules

Taught modules (compulsory)

Fundamentals of Biomolecular Science (D24BT7)

This module will provide students with a firm understanding of the basic chemistry behind the properties of biomolecules - properties which underpin their behaviour in vivo - and their technology and some of the techniques used to characterise their size. Students will learn about biomolecular structure, properties and function relevant to industry or in a biomedical environment.

Basic Laboratory Techniques (D24AM3)

This module will provide students with a firm understanding of the principles of the basic biochemical and molecular biological laboratory skills required for biomolecular technology, ranging from the preparation and handling of solutions, safe handling of microorganisms, DNA analysis and statistical analysis of data.

Industrial and Biomedical Macromolecules (D24BT1)

This module will provide students with a firm understanding of the structure, properties and function of industrially and biomedically important macromolecules under a variety of conditions (solution, colloid, glassy state, crystal). Students will learn about biomolecular structure, properties and function of relevance to an industrial and biomedical setting.

Genetic Analysis and Bioinformatics (D24BT9)

The methods available for the analysis of genome structure and function are constantly developing. This module will provide students with a fundamental understanding of the key methods used (PCR, hybridisation, cloning and trancriptomics and proteomics). However Bioinformatics, the managing, utilisation and analysis of biomolecular/ molecular biological data, is increasingly important to biomolecular scientists as the volume of data increases. Biomolecular scientists need to be familiar with the international databases, and be able to retrieve relevant data and use programmes to analyse it for biologically significant features. A familiarity with bioinformatics is now as important as any laboratory skill and bioinformatics is also emerging as an important career opportunity. The module will equip students with the basic skills required in this field.

Antibody Biotechnology (D24BT4)

This module will provide the students with an understanding of how antibody biotechnology can be applied to solve problems in an industrial and biomedical context.

Structural Biology (D24BT8)

This module is aimed at equipping students with a firm understanding and appreciation of the techniques used to characterise biomolecular structure in the solid state and in solution. Students will learn about advanced biophysical techniques of relevance to an industry and a biomedical environment.

Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology (D245F2)

This module focuses on protein production and protein engineering. It considers the biological factors that affect protein production and looks at the advantages and disadvantages of a range of different protein expression systems, including bacterial, yeast, fungal, viral and transfection of eukaryotic cell lines. Detailed examples of protein engineering of food-relevant proteins are considered in the context of the legislative framework governing the use of GM material.

Polysaccharide and Drug Delivery Biotechnology (D24BT5)

Students will learn how knowledge of enzyme and polysaccharide biotechnology can be applied to solve problems in an industrial and biomedical setting, including drug delivery.

More module information is available in the University's module catalogue.

Postgraduate Research Project (D24PR0) Industrial and laboratory placement

The three month industrial placement aims at developing students' ability to research a subject of industrial or biomedical relevance in depth and gives a full appreciation of what is required by modern industry.

The placement takes place May-August, and students are placed either locally or nationally. The school’s industrial placement supervisor visits each student during their placement to ensure adequate progress is being made. All students are required to submit a written report. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for non-UK students to undertake this placement in their normal country of residence.

Masters - Full time

Start date:
September
Duration:
1 Year
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 8,946.52 (GBP 6,630.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 26,043.42 (GBP 19,300.00)
Tuition fees

Masters - Part time

Start date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Face-To-Face
Language:
English
Venue:
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Funding possible:
Yes
EU-Fees:
EUR 8,946.52 (GBP 6,630.00)
Non-EU-Fees:
EUR 26,043.42 (GBP 19,300.00)
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Prof. Steve Harding
School of Biosciences
steve.harding@nottingham.ac.uk
University accredited:
Credits:
90 ECTS
180 CATS
Last update: 05/04/2016
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