MRes in Algal Biotechnology

General information

Why study algal biotechnology? Exploitation of the marine environment, specifically the application of Blue Biotechnology will be pivotal to sustainable global development over the next 20-30 years. Algae, the major primary producers in aquatic ecosystems, are of increasing importance to the biotechnology sector as they can provide a sustainable source of a wide range of products without the need to compete for space with terrestrial crops. 

What will you learn? This demanding Master of Research programme is built on the student choosing and carrying out a full-time one-year research project that culminates in the submission of a written thesis. This develops the student's critical evaluation and problem-solving skills relating to theoretical and practical knowledge in biotechnology. Students leave not only with knowledge but with substantial laboratory and research skills and experience.

The course provides the underpinning knowledge and skills needed by all biotechnologists including: isolation, culturing and enumeration of algae, protistan physiology, microbial biodiversity, state-of-the-art molecular biological skills and bioinformatics, statistics and experimental design, as well as critical business, management and communication skills. Students explore micro- and macro-algal taxonomy, systematics, and physiology, in specific relation to the biotechnological exploitation of these organisms focussing on their use as: human/animal food; hydrocolloids; fine chemicals; green fertilizers and as feed-stock to produce algal biofuels.

Algal Biotechnology is a new and rapidly expanding discipline that seeks to understand and harness the resources from one of the most diverse groups of organisms on the planet. Algae, and their natural products, are still relatively untapped. They have a huge range of potential applications globally including pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biofuels, ethical cosmetics, novel enzymes, green fertilisers, green insecticides, bioremediation materials, and many more.

The aim of this biotechnology masters is to produce highly motivated scientists with the skills, knowledge and abilities to secure exciting careers in this rapidly expanding area of research and industry. The master is delivered by a team of research-active scientists with considerable expertise in the field, including researchers from the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), one of the world’s largest collections of algae.

Students will be able to explore micro- and macro-algal taxonomy, systematics, and physiology, in specific relation to the biotechnological exploitation of these organisms focussing on their use as: human/animal food; hydrocolloids; fine chemicals; green fertilizers and as feed-stock to produce algal biofuels. This programme will develop students' critical evaluation and problem-solving skills relating to theoretical and practical knowledge in biotechnology. 

You will be based at SAMS, which is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). SAMS is at the forefront of algal biotechnology research, leading and contributing to a diverse range of multi-disciplinary applied projects including those exploring the application of algae/ algal systems to: 

  • Develop future biofuels (oil, biomass, alcohol, methane)
  • Future functional foods
  • Pigments and antioxidants
  • Pollution control and bioremediation
  • Bioactives
  • Aquaculture
  • High value materials

Special features:

  • You will have access to the state of the art laboratory facilities at Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI in Oban (SAMS) and benefit from face to face tuition delivered by active biotechnology researchers.
  • You will gain direct hands-on experience in this rapidly expanding field and be given the opportunity to engage with industry experts.
  • The extended research project will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of a particular area of interest.

SAMS website of the programme
UHI website of the programme

Learning outcome:

As a fundamental part of developing your research and employability skills, you will be given an opportunity to develop:

  • Practical laboratory and analytical skills
  • Project and financial management
  • Research writing and presentation
  • Public engagement and knowledge exchange
Contact Person: (Masters@sams.ac.uk)

Content

The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0511 - Biology", "0512 - Biotechnology", "0512 - Toxicology", "0521 - Ecology", "0831 - Aquaculture

Venue

Venue: The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Oban, United Kingdom

Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK

Application


Cost:

Scottish, rest of UK, EU/EEA: £8.694
International: £16.578


Prerequisites:

Who can apply? The programme is open to both UK/EU and international students. Typical entry requirements will be based on possession of a BSc (Hons) in a relevant biological or life science subject (and depending on the candidates related course work, may include degrees in chemistry and engineering) at 2:2 or above. Third or ordinary degree holders will be considered if they have relevant experience and can demonstrate their knowledge at interview. Candidates with appropriate Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered for entry and accepted based on a face to face interview (or via Skype interview for non-UK candidates). Students holding other international qualifications should contact us to discuss if the qualification adequately prepares them to study this MRes course.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have attained a satisfactory standard on an approved test in English (e.g. a minimum IELTS score of 6.5) or be able to demonstrate that they have adequate command of both written and spoken English to follow the programme before an offer of admission will be made.


Application Procedure:

This programme is open to both UK and International students. To apply for the Algal Biotechnology Masters, please download and complete this application form and return it by email to Masters@SAMS.ac.uk. For further information, please email or call +44 (0)1631 559427.


Grant Opportunities:

External scholarships and financial support may be available for this biotechnology masters programme. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Qualification

Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Research
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