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School of Life Sciences
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Each module takes half day or 1 day sometimes spread over 2 half days contact time, 200 hrs effort
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Employees working in a Biotechnology related sector wishing to develop skills or improve their employability. Science background required
School of Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BP, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom


Biotechnology is designed to develop skilled bio-scientists capable of gaining employment in the global bioscience sector.

The course

You will develop the techniques underpinning biotechnology such as molecular biology to an advanced level and learn how products are developed. You will gain expertise in gene regulation and expression, protein expression and learn to grow and exploit different cell types, e.g. bacteria, insect, plant and animal.

Study mode

Whether you're looking to enhance your career prospects or planning to return to work after a career break, we offer a flexible part-time study programme which enables you to study around work or family commitments. Since a third of our students choose to study part-time, you'll benefit from the range of backgrounds and experiences of fellow students. 

Study level

Choose a level of study that suits you - MSc (180 credits), PGDip (120 credits) or PGCert (60 credits) or simply select from our wide range of individual modules - ideal as refresher training or to suit employers looking to provide staff development opportunities in specialist areas.  

Example module

Our Product Development and Biotechnology module discusses the development of biological systems that are vital to biotechnology. Drug discovery and product development, including modern screening methods, structure function prediction and the application of nanobiotechnology, will be examined. The regulation of drug development, including clinical trials, preclinical studies and ethics, will also be studied.


We provide a wide variety of support to our part-time students including a dedicated academic advisor, our Upgrade service which provides support with writing assignments and online access to your study programme through your Personal Information Portal (PIP). 

International research

Our lecturers undertake internationally renowned biotechnology research in areas such as monoclonal antibody applications and baculovirus expression systems. Some of this research has been spun off into new biotechnology companies or licensed for use by existing companies. We also have close links with the Oxfordshire Bioscience Network and local biotechnology industry. Access our website to find out how these links can benefit you.

Fees and scholarships

Costs vary annually. For 2011-12 entry fees are as follows. CPD ranges from £250 per undergraduate module to £640 per postgraduate module. This MSc costs £3,010 per annum in part-time mode.  We are pleased to offer scholarships to part-time MSc degree applicants - visit our website for further details.

Research opportunities

Life Sciences also has one of the largest postgraduate research communities at Oxford Brookes offering flexible research opportunities across a range of disciplines; ideal for employees who wish to study part-time and be based in their workplace. Fees for 2011-12 start from approximately £4,000 per annum (including a bench fee of £2,500, which may be waived when undertaking a project in the workplace. For further information, contact [email protected].




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