Industrial Biotechnology

Industrial Biotechnology MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,500
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £36.10 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Study for a Masters in Industrial Biotechnology at Liverpool John Moores University and develop the skills and knowledge required for a career in this rapidly expanding field. This stimulating course includes a 12 week, full time research project.

  • Unique in the North West, this course prepares you to work in biotechnology (one of the world’s top five growth industries) and in other related areas
  • Study on a course developed and delivered by leading researchers and industry experts
  • Enhance your theoretical knowledge and gain hands-on laboratory experience
  • Strong links with industry and the potential to complete an industrial based research project
  • Excellent employment opportunities in the field of biotechnology and related industries
  • Complete this masters degree in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time)

This course has allowed me to gain real industrial experience and a clearer vision of the future.

George Goh

The MSc gave me an in-depth background in molecular biology and microbiology. The opportunity to complete a four month placement at a microbial diagnostics company was invaluable in both gaining laboratory experience and making myself more competitive for a PhD studentship. I would recommend the course to anyone serious about furthering their scientific career.

Tom Edwards

Introduction to the School

The multidisciplinary School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the oldest providers of Pharmacy education in the world and has been delivering industry-relevant courses since 1849.

We guarantee all of our students a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and 24/7 access to extensive resources.

The School offers high quality education and training in areas including Pharmacy, Applied Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Industrial Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science and Biochemistry.

We also have an established reputation for supporting postgraduate students returning to education after a break and for delivering professionally-orientated courses that can be studied alongside full time employment.

All of our courses are influenced by the latest research, ensuring that course content is at the forefront of developments in the field. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, some 68% of LJMU’s health-related research was considered world leading or internationally excellent.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Unique in the North West, this recently re-launched Masters course prepares you for work in one of the world’s top five growth industries.

"I decided to do the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology at LJMU after a career break when I moved to England. The programme was very interesting and it helped me to update my knowledge in new technologies. The teachers’ support was great and they were always happy to solve any questions I had. It gave me the contacts and experience needed to start a job with Unilever and my PhD."

Sara Filgueira Martinez

"I took the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology after being a school teacher for four years. The topics covered, quality of the course material and relevance to the biotech industry was the right balance for either undergraduate progression or returning/mature students. Since completing the MSc, I have used the skills, methods and knowledge for the completion of my PhD in bioelectromagnetics and various academic and industrial projects in collaboration with national and international research institutes.”

Dr Alexander Stavrinides

Programme outline and structure

Developed to plug a skills gap identified by the Liverpool Enterprise Partnership and associated multi-national businesses, this programme balances theoretical learning and practical skills.

You can study for your MSc full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). The taught element of the programme runs from October to April. Following this, you will go on to carry out a novel, independent piece of research between May and August.

At the beginning of your course you will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support.

Further academic support is provided via embedded tutorials in the Research Methods module. During your independent research project, you will be appointed a LJMU-based supervisor as well as an industrial supervisor if you are carrying out your project externally.

This Industrial Biotechnology Masters is based at the Byrom Street site of the University’s City Campus, which is equipped with new state-of-the-art laboratories housing a range of advanced analytical and imaging equipment to support biotechnology.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Fermentation Technology Principles: Gives an insight into Industrial Microbiology and Biochemistry, showing how fundamental principles can be applied to industrial processes.
  • Recombinant DNA and Genomics: Provides in-depth coverage of developments in recombinant DNA technology and genomics, using examples from both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems.
  • Cell Technology: Provides an insight into the principles and practical techniques involved in the commercial exploitation of animal cell processes.
  • Biotechnology: Principles and Applications: Offers an understanding of some of the cutting edge techniques and their applications currently used in the field of biotechnology.

  • Research Methods: This area of study equips you with the necessary core skills to effectively design, plan, perform and report scientific research.
  • Research Project: This enables you to undertake independent, in depth study on an agreed aspect of biotechnology and related areas.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

The stimulating and challenging curriculum of this Masters is supported by a structured lecture programme, tutorials, workshops, seminars, laboratory work and a four month research project with expert supervision.

A broad range of assessment methods are employed throughout the curriculum, providing ample opportunities for you to develop and practice higher level skills.

You will be assessed by examination, scientific reports, poster and oral presentations, paper reviews and your project dissertation.

Staff research interests

Staff teaching on the course have varied, multidisciplinary research interests.

Specialist topics include:

  • Microbiology - Cell wall biosynthesis in Streptomyces sp, biofilm models and detection of pathogens using novel nucleic acid based methods
  • DNA Technology - Gene expression systems, cDNA microarrays, bioinformatics, genotyping and Single-Nucleotide Polymorphisms analysis, mutation analysis and DNA sequencing, human cell culture techniques

  • Cellular Biology – stem cell biology, tissue engineering, cell mechanics

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need an Honours degree (minimum 2.2) in Biological Sciences. Alternative qualifications, coupled with a significant period of relevant work experience, will also be considered.

International students will need equivalent qualifications plus a minimum 6.5 IELTS.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

By increasing your skills and knowledge, this Masters programme prepares you for work in the fast growing biotechnology sector.

You may go on to work and study in fields such as the pharmaceutical and fermentation industries, recombinant DNA and microbial-related research laboratories.

There will also be the option to work in research and development, study for a PhD or even take up a teaching post.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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