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Subject : Biotechnology (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

Biotechnology is defined as the industrial exploitation of living organisms or the exploitation of components derived from these organisms. Its practical applications include age-old techniques such as brewing, fermentation and cheese making, which are still important today. The introduction of new techniques based on fundamental biological research has resulted in major advances. More and more types of fermentation are being used, and most new medicines are products of biotechnology. In recent decades, gene modification (or recombinant DNA technology) has revolutionised the biotechnology industry, spawning countless new products and improving established processes. However, biotechnology as practised today is much more than recombinant DNA technology, cellular biology, microbiology and biochemistry. It also embraces process design, engineering, modelling and control; these are aspects which are important for scaling-up pilot schemes. In this way, modern biotechnology has become an applied area of science with a multidisciplinary approach.

The MSc Programme in Biotechnology aims to equip students with the necessary skills in the basic and applied sciences in certain areas of biotechnology and to teach them to use an integrated approach.

Graduates of this programme will have:

  • a firm understanding of the theory behind the basic disciplines of biotechnology;
  • knowledge and skills in biotechnological techniques and methods for solving technical problems;
  • knowledge and skills in their selected specialisation;
  • skills to solve complex problems using an integrated approach.
  • There are four specialisations:

  • Cellular and molecular biotechnology, focusing on the practical application of cellular and molecular knowledge with the aim of enhancing or improving production in microorganisms or cell cultures
  • Process technology, focusing on engineering strategies for enhancing or improving production in fermentation, bioconversion, and enzymatic synthesis or degradation.
  • Food fermentation and enzymology, (also offered by the food technology programme at Wageningen University) focuses on the application of biotechnology to food processing.
  • Medical biotechnology, focuses on the use of modern biotechnology in the development and production of new vaccines and medicines.
  • Admission Requirements:
    in Biotechnology, Chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, plant science, molecular science, food science, or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5