Typical Course Length
Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to be part of the new bio-economy. This Professional Doctorate allows you to focus on work-based research: it starts with three taught modules (including Research Methods) followed by two work-based research projects. This programme is delivered entirely on-line via distance learning. Modules are also accessible as CPD. Applicants should initially register for the MRes using course code J741D: this will form Part 1 of your Doctorate.
Why study Professional Doctorate in Industrial Biotechnology via distance learning at Aberystwyth University?
- If you are working in the biotech industry or are developing policy for this sector, or if these are areas you would like to move into, this course is an ideal way to update your knowledge and gain a postgraduate qualification by studying part-time whilst you are working.
- If you are a new graduate interested in pursuing a career in the biotech industry, you can study full or part-time to gain the qualification and knowledge that you need to start your new career.
- Our training has been designed to be as accessible as possible. The course is entirely online, enabling you to study when and where (provided you have Internet access) is convenient for you.
- This course is highly flexible. With a range of option modules available, you are able to pick and choose the modules you wish to study according to your needs and interests. We also work closely with Bangor University, which means that you can also take relevant Bangor modules as part of your studies.
- In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) review of university achievement, 78% of our research was classed as world-leading or internationally excellent, and 76% of our work was recognised as having a practical impact on society at a world-class level.
- Our most recent joint submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) was the 5th strongest submission in the UK and placed our Department in the top 10 universities in the UK for research intensity.
- Both Aberystwyth and Bangor have strong, industry-focused biotech research portfolios.
The DBiotech is delivered in two parts:
- Part I is undertaken for a minimum of two years and comprises two taught modules from the Industrial Biotechnology menu, a taught ‘Research Methodology module, and a portfolio of work or a research thesis (approximately 20,000 words in length). Each taught module is worth 20 credits and takes 12 or 14 weeks to complete. The short Part I thesis should involve analysing existing data from the candidate’s workplace. Students may exit here with an MRes.
- Part II is undertaken for a minimum of three years and comprises a longer portfolio of work or a research thesis (up to 60,000 words). It will involve experimentation and must embody the methodology and results of original research. It should, ideally, be built upon the Part 1 thesis.
The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry. The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.
The aim of this Professional Doctorate programme is to produce a qualification which, whilst being equivalent in status and challenge to a PhD, is more appropriate for those pursuing professional rather than academic careers. Our DBiotech programme comprises taught modules and two work-based research projects, distance learning and a mixture of live and virtual supervisory meetings. While the primary academic focus is on the completion of an advanced piece of research, the collaborative route provided by a work-based research project provides an ideal opportunity to embed new knowledge in the workplace and ensure that research is relevant to industry. As such it is crucial that a students employer is supportive of both their research aims and the time commitment that the proposed research will involve. Self-employed students should aim to undertake research which will be closely aligned to their business.
Between five and seven years to complete. Each taught module take fourteen part-time weeks to complete entirely online via distance learning. There are three new student intakes per year (January, May, September), and applications can be made at any time.
Part I of the doctoral route comprises three taught modules (including Research Methodology) followed by a 120 credit dissertation (20,000 words). This part will typically take 2-3 years, and at this point students can exit with an MRes. Part II is undertaken for a minimum of three years and comprises a longer thesis (up to 60,000 words), which on completion the student will be awarded a Professional Doctorate. This long thesis will involve experimentation and must embody the methodology and results of original research. It should, ideally, build upon the Part I dissertation.
We have designed our training to be as accessible as possible, particularly for those in full time employment. Each taught module comprises a 12 or 14 week distance learning module worth 20 credits which can be taken for your own continuing professional development or interest, or built towards a postgraduate qualification. The research elements of our qualifications are carried out in your work place with regular academic supervision. The training is web-based which means that as long as you have access to a reasonable broadband connection i.e. are able to stream videos such as those on YouTube, you can study where and when best suits you. Learning material includes podcast lectures, e-group projects, guided reading, interactive workbooks and discussion forums, as well as assignments and e-tutorials. By signing a re-registration form each year you will have access to e-journals and library resources for the duration of your registration.
There are no exams within this programme. Taught modules are assessed via course work and forum discussion. Research is monitored and assessed. The viva is an integral part of the examination of the Part II thesis.
Candidates must hold a second class honours degree a related discipline and/or have at least two years relevant experience in a responsible position in the sector.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, or from a country where English is the official language, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Biobased Product Development||BDM7820||20|
|Drivers of the Bioeconomy||BDM8520||20|
|Genetics and Genomics in Agriculture||BDM5820||20|
|Waste Stream Valorisation||BDM8620||20|