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Postgraduate MSc

Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Gain advanced academic training in cellular and molecular processes relating to the production of biomedicines for use in healthcare, as well as rigorous practical training in the design, production and characterisation of biomolecules using state-of-the-art biotechnological and bioengineering analytical and molecular technologies.

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Overview

Acquire practical, academic and applied skills in data analysis, systems and modeling approaches, and bioinformatics, together with transferable skills in scientific writing, presentation and public affairs.

Reasons to study Biotechnology and Bioengineering at Kent

  • Biotechnology and bioengineering are particular research strengths at Kent, and the curriculum has been designed by world-leading experts within the field.
  • Research in the School of Biosciences focuses on biological processes at the molecular and cellular level and spans the disciplines of biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology and biomedical research.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to integrate the skills you have gained to develop novel solutions to modern biotechnological issues from both academic and industrial perspectives.
  • The course offers a progression route to PhD study for those wishing to pursue a career in academia, while transferable skills development supports access to careers in leading pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies, medical research in academic, government, industrial and medical labs, teaching, industry and commerce, marketing and IT.
  • The School is among the best-funded departments of its kind in the UK, and our well-equipped laboratories provide an excellent environment for both teaching and research.
  • Join our student-led biosciences society, BioSoc, which is affiliated with the Institute of Biomedical Science and organises a seminar series, academic talks, trips and social events.

School of Biosciences

Within our School, we are proud of our collaborative approach. Our friendly and supportive atmosphere encourages everyone to contribute and reach their full potential. At Kent, academics, researchers and students are all part of the same close-knit scientific community. We welcome staff and students from all over the world and have a strong commitment to equality and diversity within everything we do. Together we create success.

Your future

A postgraduate degree in the School of Biosciences is designed to equip our graduates with transferable skills that are highly valued in the workplace. Our research-led ethos ensures that students explore the frontiers of scientific knowledge, and the intensive practical components provide rigorous training in cutting edge technical skills that are used in the modern biosciences while working in areas of world-leading expertise within the School.

Destinations for our graduates include the leading pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies within the UK and leading research institutes both at home and abroad. 

To give you an idea of possible career destinations, recent graduates have gone on to the following roles: include Research and Development Technician at GW Pharmaceuticals, Bioanalytical Scientist at Bio Products Laboratory, Scientist at Lonza Biologics, Research Scientist at Evox Therapeutics Limited, and onto PhD study at the University of Kent, University College London, and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Help finding a job

The School of Biosciences has a dedicated Placements and Employability Team and your academic supervisor will be able to advise you and give you access to professionals in their network.

The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

These services are available to you for 3 years after completing your course.

Career support
Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

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Next steps

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2024.

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Research excellence

Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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