MSc Biotechnology


Discover how our programme could advance your career in the biotechnology industry or provide a solid foundation for research at PhD level.

Our programme will enhance your career prospects by helping you to acquire current, marketable knowledge and develop advanced analytical and presentation skills.

The School of Biological Sciences offers a research-rich environment where you can develop as a scientist and an entrepreneur and obtain a respected qualification from a leading University.

Career options

As a Biotechnology graduate, you will have a wide range of career options. Your qualification will be of interest to both established names in the pharmaceutical industry and young ‘start-up’ companies seeking to develop new ideas into innovative products and services.

Edinburgh is a great place to begin your career as new bio-industries in Scotland have created over 50,000 jobs in biomedicine, agriculture and aquaculture.

Biotechnology industries in Scotland include:

  • water delivery and purification
  • distilling and distillation by-products
  • genetic engineering
  • biomedicine, including the development of cancer prevention drugs
  • biofuels

Industrial links

We have links to various biotechnology companies in the east of Scotland involved in areas such as:

  • multiple sclerosis research (Aquila BioMedical)
  • vaccine research (BigDNA)
  • biorecovery and bioregeneration (Recyclatec)

Over the past year we have also opened up new collaborations with Scotland’s largest manufacturing industry, Scotch whisky distilling, and with Diageo, the world’s largest distiller.

These links are set up in partnership with Making the Most of Masters, a project to improve collaboration between universities and employers through work-based research opportunities.

Making the Most of Masters

Industrial collaborative PhD studentships (CASE) awards have also been taken up by some of our recent graduates.

Industrial CASE studentships with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)


Equally, this qualification is great preparation for further research at PhD level, and a number of our current students plan to continue their studies after graduation.

PhD study in the School of Biological Sciences