University of Westminster

Course Introduction

This course is designed to meet the industry’s growing demand for people with expertise in applied microbiology and biotechnology; students complement their theoretical studies with hands'on experience of fully controlled fermenters that are up to pilot'plant scale, and are linked to modern monitoring and control systems; students study a range of subjects in considerable depth, including bioactive compounds, industrial bioprocesses, microbial physiology and fermentation technology, microbial production of novel metabolites, monitoring and control of fermentation, topics in biotechnology, and types of bioreactors.

Course Modules

Core modules: bioprocess design; bioprocess technology 1; bioprocess technology 2; biotechnology and business; project a: critical review and design study; project B: project and report; recent advances in biotechnology; option modules: antimicrobial chemotherapy; bioinformatics in medicine; drug discovery and pre'clinical development; environmental biotechnology; molecular bioinformatics; molecular science and genetics; molecular therapeutics; recombinant DNA technology.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £13,500 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,500 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Students should have an Honours degree in biological sciences, biotechnology or a related discipline, or an equivalent qualification; if their 1st language is not English students should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with the written component at a minimum of 6.5 (or equivalent); during the induction stage of the course, if students do not have English as their 1st language, students need to complete academic English screening and any resulting recommended academic English support activity.