Personal Statement for the MSc in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Microbiology and Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly growing fields within applied sciences, having applications from the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions, through to the enhancement of food production. Due to the potential impact on human life, the importance of biotechnology is currently very high in both the public and scientific agendas.
The main focus of the course will be on Bioprocess Design, Bioprocess Technology, Biotechnology Business and Industrial Microbiology which is designed to meet industry’s growing demand for personnel with expertise in applied microbiology and biotechnology. Molecular biology, (molecular) genetics and bioinformatics form the ‘backbone’ of Biotechnology, and different aspects of these feature in a number of modules in the course. A thorough understanding of the link between DNA, RNA and protein is pivotal. You will study gene expression and protein production and purification, and applications thereof in different biotechnological fields. In addition to developing subject-based expertise and skills, you will consider the many global issues associated with recent biotechnological advances.
This course will give me the access to a field of study which will have a major impact in the future of science. The MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology course in University of Westminster is specifically designed to expand our knowledge and insight in the science underpinning biotechnological principles. In addition, it will help me to apply those knowledge and skills in addressing specific biotechnological problems in the fields of animal, plant and microbial biotechnology. The course also will enhance my career opportunities in the biotechnological industries, enabling me to take full advantage of opportunities that will ensue from the expansion of this area and/or prepare me for further academic research.
Why Microbiology –
Experts believe that one million people now suffer from food-borne illness in England and Wales alone. Worldwide, every minute six children die from the consumption of food and water contaminated with micro-organisms. Research into the bacteria and viruses that are responsible for food-borne illness is advancing rapidly, improving our understanding of the interaction of these bacteria with man, the environment, agriculture and food. As a consequence, there is now an urgent need for well-qualified graduates who can interpret these new advances and apply their knowledge in careers within the food industry, DEFRA and the Food Standards Agency, as well as in Local Government and hospital laboratories.
A study of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, algae and protozoa) provides important insights into many of the fundamental problems in biology. Because of their ease of manipulation and rapid growth, such organisms are frequently used as experimental systems for research in biochemistry and molecular biology. Recent public concerns about microbial contamination of food and industry’s growing interest in biotechnology have increased the demand for graduate microbiologists. The course at University of Westminster aims to provide you with the opportunity to gain a sound training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of this rapidly developing subject.
Features of the MSc in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology programme include:
a range of module choices to suit my subject interests
different combinations of modules which qualify me for one of the named specialist awards
placements in research labs and pharmaceutical companies both home and abroad
research projects using state-of-the-art equipment
a Graduate Development Programme which supports key skills and employability throughout the degree
Why Biotechnology –
It is an exciting time to become involved in the biotechnology revolution. Humanity is faced with many challenges such as feeding expanding populations, global warming and providing for our energy needs while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, protecting the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution, using the knowledge gained from the human genome project and other cutting edge research to further our understanding of disease and applying that knowledge to develop novel treatments and pharmaceuticals, improve industrial processes by engineering biology to do the chemistry. Biotechnology provides a tool box for tackling these challenges and in the next decade, as the pace of advances in biotechnology accelerates, the impact of biotechnology will be even greater, providing an abundance of unique opportunities to make new discoveries and introduce innovations improving the quality of people’s lives
Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries worldwide, with revenue from public biotechnology companies surpassing US$70 billion in 2006.” (Ernst & Young, Global Biotechnology Report 2007)
Over the past ten years, it is estimated that the number of people employed within the biotechnology industry has grown by over 90%. It is a dynamic industry that presents excellent opportunities to advance your career in a wide range of roles including academic research, industrial research and development, business management and development, sales and marketing, manufacturing and quality control and assurance.
And the combination of Microbiology and Biotechnology –
The University of Westminster also provide the great opportunity to achieving the degree of Microbiology and Biotechnology both in a combination. The objective of the Master of Science in this course is to provide future biotechnologists with the skills and competencies needed today to design biotechnological research, implement biotechnological projects, and planning decision, create and apply research modalities to larger schemes set in large research projects in order to improve the health status and quality of life in developing countries like Bangladesh.