MSc Industrial Biotechnology

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £9,250

Home (per credit): £51.40

International (full-time, per year): £16,100

About this course

LJMU's MSc in Industrial Biotechnology develops the skills and knowledge required for a career in this rapidly expanding field.

  • Unique in the North West, this course prepare to work in biotechnology (one of the world’s top five growth industries) and 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 
  • Benefit from strong links with industry and the potential to complete an industrial-based research project

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.

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.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

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.

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The student experience

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your course

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules.

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Fermentation Technology Principles
30 credits

The aim of this module is to give you an understanding of industrial microbiology and biochemistry. It shows how fundamental principles can be applied to industrial processes and examines the wide range of microbial processes and products.

Recombinant DNA and Genomics
30 credits

The aim of this module is to provide you with in-depth coverage of developments in recombinant DNA technology and genomics, using examples from both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems.

Cell Technology
20 credits

This module provides an insight into the principles and practical techniques involved in the commercial exploitation of animal cell processes. It aims to provide an understanding of cell culture as a technological component of biological research and commercial exploitation.

Biotechnology: Principles and Applications
20 credits

This module provides you with an understanding of some of the cutting edge techniques and their applications currently used in the field of biotechnology.

Research Methods
20 credits

Gain the necessary core skills to effectively design, plan, perform and report scientific research.

Research Project
60 credits

This module will provide you with the opportunity to conduct an independent, in-depth study of an agreed topic of research, carried out in an appropriate manner.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

In semester 1 the majority of teaching will take place Monday to Thursday and in semester 2 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both the Recombinant DNA and Genomics and Principles of Fermentation Technology modules include a mini project – these are essentially week long laboratory-based research projects, with one running in each semester. You will be required to attend the classes for the mini projects Monday to Friday. The aim of the mini projects is to help prepare you for your independent research project. For the research project (May to August) you will be expected to attend full time i.e. 9am-5pm. Please note that the taught part of the Research Methods module only runs weeks 1-6.

Teaching methods

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.

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Applied learning

This stimulating course includes a 12 week, full-time research project. 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.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

On this Industrial Biotechnology course you will be assessed by: examination, scientific reports, poster and oral presentations, paper reviews and your project dissertation.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Mark Murphy

Dr Mark Murphy

Programme Leader

Mark completed his PhD in 2007 at LJMU and is now a senior lecturer in cell biology. He is an active researcher and supervises PhD students in various aspects of experimental bioengineering. He has also forged a number of successful connections with leading academic and industrial research institutions in Europe, USA, Australia and Thailand. Mark’s academic expertise lies at the interface between biology and engineering/measurement technology. His research interests focus on understanding how cells respond to force. He has experience in a range of advanced microscopy techniques.

It’s particularly rewarding to see students develop, gain confidence and progress into their dream career. The programme can elevate students and take them to places they didn’t think they would get to.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

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.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 honours degree in Biological Sciences


  • alternative qualifications, coupled with a significant period of relevant work experience

Additional Information

  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this course
  • 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. Contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance

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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

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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