MSc in Biotechnology available from Coventry University, UK.
apx070 at coventry.ac.uk
Thu Nov 24 16:09:12 EST 1994
The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (NES) at Coventry
University, Coventry, United Kingdom, invites applications for
places on its 1995/96 MSc in Biotechnology (by research).
This one year full-time course aims not merely to extend the
student's knowledge of biological science (molecular biology,
microbial physiology and eukaryotic cell biology), but to acquaint
him or her with the principles of engineering and business methods
as they apply to biotechnology. Interested students may make a
detailed study of the impact of the Single European Market on the
The taught component of the course extends over two months and
includes one core unit and two to four specialist units.
The core unit, "Research methods and professional skills", lays
the foundations for the individual projects which will be
undertaken by all students. Instruction is provided on topics such
as information retrieval; project management; research planning;
intellectual property law; health and safety legislation; and
The specialist units are:
1. Molecular Biotechnology: DNA probes. DNA labelling and detec-
tion. DNA amplification techniques. Protein engineering and
protein expression. Detection of genetically modified micro-
organisms in natural environments.
2. Cellular Biotechnology: Cell culture techniques. Techniques
for gene transfer into yeasts, filamentous fungi, mammalian cells
or whole organisms, and plant cells.
3. Process Biotechnology: Engineering principles of process
control. Computer-controlled systems. Bioreactor and bioprocess
configurations. Bioprocess control and data management.
4. Industrial Biotechnology: Principles and practice of inter-
national business with particular reference to the European Single
Market. Overview of the biotechnology industry by company type and
market segment. Patenting systems. Biotechnology business
information. Product development and process economics.
The reseach project, of 10 months' duration, is a vital part of
the course and provides the opportunity for the resolution of a
specific applied problem over an extended period. Industrial
placements will be available with leading UK companies or
alternatively project work may be undertaken at Coventry
University with one of the established research groups within the
The University has a long tradition as a provider of education,
which dates from 1843. It currently offers more than 120 courses,
which are taught by an academic staff of over 600. In 1993/94,
there were nearly 15,000 students here. Many were mature
students, and many came from outside the United Kingdom. The
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences covers a broad range
of disciplines including biology, chemistry, environmental
sciences, geography, materials, and physics. The School has a
strong research base, but is committed to vocational and applied
courses which serve the needs of industry and which give our
students the best possible opportunities for employment when they
Coventry itself is a busy multicultural city in the heart of the
English Midlands, with a population of over 300,000. The city
attracts major commercial investment and is renowned as a region
of engineering excellence. Although its centre was rebuilt
following the Second World War, the City keenly preserves the
remains of its past, and traces of medieval Coventry can still be
found just a short walk from the campus. Right opposite the
University is Coventry Cathedral, a harmonious blend of ancient
ruins with modern architecture and a major tourist attraction.
This is where we hold our annual degree awards ceremony. Short
bicycle rides away lie Kenilworth and Warwick Castles, Royal
Leamington Spa, George Eliot's birthplace of Nuneaton, and William
Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The National
Exhibition Centre is 15 minutes away by car or train, and is a
venue for major rock concerts and trade fairs. London is 75
minutes away by train.
For further details, please contact Drs Beata Langlands or Sreten
+44 1203 838286 (voice)
+44 1203 838693 (fax)
<sreten at coventry.ac.uk> (e-mail)
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