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MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to join the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs

This programme provides a unique opportunity to really shape the future. Gain the technical and scientific skills needed to support increased agricultural productivity and the development of new biotechnological innovations whilst also delivering a commercial approach through the business-related enterprise element of the course.

Alongside taught modules and practical lab-based experience offering one to one mentoring, this focused programme will enable students to develop their own research project, access vital training in business development and create links with leading biotech industries whilst developing essential skills for the employment market.

Now is your chance to join a world top 100 University, benefit from an outstanding student experience, be part of world leading research in state of the art facilities – apply today, join us at Durham and achieve the extraordinary! 

Key Information

Programme MSc Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise
Duration  12 months, full-time
Start date  September 2023
Location  Durham University, a World Top 100 university, UK
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Course Structure

The programme consists of five compulsory taught modules (80 credits) and a research project (100 credits). The modules aim to provide exceptional subject-specific content and transferable knowledge and skills. 

Module Title Lead Department Credit value
Frontiers of Plant Science Biosciences 15
Agriculture and Biotechnology Biosciences 15
Bioinformatics, data analysis (statistics R)* Biosciences 15
Innovation and Enterprise in Plant Biotechnology Biosciences 20
Technology in the Biosciences Biosciences 15
Research Project Biosciences 100


Teaching and learning will be delivered via the use of workshops and practical classes, seminars and lectures, small group work, case studies, research project, guest industrial lecturers, self-directed and web-based learning.


This masters course could help you 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

Durham University students can access excellent support from Careers & Enterprise staff including enterprise themed startup workshops, competitions and 1:1 business support and advice.

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