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Postgraduate Taught Courses in Biological Sciences


MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise (C2K009)


"One of the principal challenges that our society faces, is the need for increased agricultural productivity via improved crop protection and the generation of new plant biotechnology products. We invite you to apply for this course and gain the knowledge and skills you need to join the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs and help shape a positive future.” Dr Miguel de-Lucas, Postgraduate Taught Director and Course Leader.


This one-year course will equip you with the technical and scientific skills needed to support the vital efforts to shape food production in the future.

We designed this course to give students skills and experience in new biotechnology innovations whilst delivering a commercial approach through the business-related enterprise module.

Alongside five taught modules and practical laboratory-based experience offering one-to-one mentoring, this programme will enable you to develop your own research project, access vital training in business development and create links with leading biotechnology industries whilst developing essential skills for employment.

Dr Miguel, our Course Leader, invites you to contact him if you have specific interests that you'd like to explore whilst studying this course. He will then be able to include these within the teaching content.


The Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise course at Durham presented a comprehensive framework that broadened my understanding of the commercial landscape in biosciences. The interactive sessions and real-world case analyses fostered a conducive environment for collaborative learning and critical thinking. This experience has equipped me with a robust set of tools, skills and insights that I am confident will be instrumental in my future career.” Graduate testimonial, October 2023.

"The Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise MSc is a rewarding experience that brings you right to the forefront of innovation in the life sciences. There is significant variation in topics covered and the teaching is very engaging. There is a great balance between hands on practical experience and taught content. I highly recommend this course to anyone considering a career in biotechnology or a related field". Graduate testimonial, October 2023 


This Masters course could help you to progress into the career areas shown below:

·      Commercial organisations including large international firms and SME’s/startups in biotech and pharmaceutical sectors

·      Academia following PhD level study

·      Patent attorney

·      Research funding Agencies e.g. UK Research & Investment, European Research Council and the International Science Council

·      Scientific and policy related roles in government departments and executive agencies

·      Biotech Finance sector e.g. Banking and Venture Capital


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Postgraduate Scholarships

Are you a UK student and thinking about postgraduate study? We have a range of support available including our Postgraduate Student Support Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship and Alumni Fee Scholarship.

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