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MSc Marine Biotechnology

Gain a thorough knowledge of the biodiversity in our oceans while developing practical training in cutting-edge techniques and experimental approaches in marine biotechnology

Marine Biotechnology

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

This skills-focused MSc provides you with a thorough knowledge of the biodiversity in our oceans while receiving practical training in cutting-edge techniques and experimental approaches that underpin on-going developments in marine biotechnology.

You'll learn about existing products developed by marine biotechnologists and gain insight into new and emerging global market opportunities. Seminars led by distinguished industrialists and commercial marine biotechnologists will encourage your entrepreneurial spirit, provide inspiration and allow for appreciation of commercial realities.

Enhancing your employability is at the forefront of our mind so we'll help you gain key skills, including:

  • problem solving and critical thinking
  • information retrieval, evaluation and presentation
  • data interpretation and report writing
    group working, organisation and leadership

Through an active approach to learning, you'll develop confidence to work independently and are encouraged to pursue your main interests.

  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Course objectives

    This course will provide you with:

    • an awareness of the diversity of marine organisms and the adaptations that enable them to prosper in their natural habitats.
    • a thorough knowledge of the fundamental science and methodologies underpinning on-going developments in marine biotechnology.
    • an understanding of the latest advances and global opportunities that exist in the burgeoning field of marine biotechnology.
    • training in practical, investigative and research skills, as well as commercialisation and intellectual property protection
  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Faculty facilities

    The Institute of Aquaculture aims to provide the highest standard of facilities in an ever-changing commercial, academic and regulatory environment. We have freshwater sites in Central Scotland, tropical and temperate freshwater recirculation systems in Stirling and marine facilities in the West of Scotland.

    The Institute provides analytical laboratories in all the key priority research areas, including:

    • Genomic, Molecular and Bioinformatics
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Imaging facilities
    • Nutritional analytical services
    • Water quality services
  • Research
    • Top 5 in the UK for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Sciences (REF2014)

    With more than 80 percent of our research rated either world-leading or internationally excellent, students benefit from our focus on research-led teaching in key areas such as Sustainable Aquaculture, Health, Breeding and Genetics, Welfare and Behaviour, and Nutrition. The Institute of Aquaculture was graded the top Aquaculture department in the UK.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

  • English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The MSc Marine Biotechnology is achieved by completing 180 SCQF credits. There are two 30-credit taught foundation modules in Semester 1 and two 30-credit taught advanced modules in Semester 2. The remaining 60 credits are achieved by undertaking a research project in a chosen field of interest. This project helps to develop your investigative and research skills. Projects may be performed in collaboration with industrial and academic partners from outside the University of Stirling.

Students completing just the taught modules qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2017/18 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Teaching

    The course is taught primarily by staff at the Institute of Aquaculture, with numerous seminars given by leading figures from industry.

    In addition to study tours to commercial biotechnology operations, numerous seminars are give by leading figures from industry.

  • Assessment

    You'll be evaluated by continuous assessment via various coursework tasks, including written and oral presentations. 

  • Course director
  • Key staff
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    Professor Herve Migaud

    Professor Migaud, Director of the Institute of Aquaculture, talks in more depth about the science of aquaculture and the benefits of studying at Stirling.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)

      2018/19 2019/20

    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,000 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £10,280 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £6,300 TBC

    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.

    £18,970 £19,850

    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support. .

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

This course provides you with the knowledge and practical experience important for a career in marine biotechnology.

The course content has been developed by experienced academic staff in partnership with industrialists from the marine biotechnology sector and is designed to meet the demands of employers in this rapidly expanding industry.

  • 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16)
  • Employability skills

    You'll be equipped with key employability skills, including:

    • problem solving and critical thinking
    • information retrieval, evaluation and presentation
    • data interpretation and report writing
    • group working, organisation and leadership. 

    Through an active approach to learning, you'll develop the confidence to work independently and are encouraged to pursue your own main interests

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