Top Biotechnology Specializations for Masters (MS) and Possible Jobs

Last Updated on November 13, 2021 :


Biosciences and Biotechnology has emerged as a leading discipline over the past few years on a global scale. This is primarily because of its many branches that offer a multitude of opportunities to a job-seeking fresher. Not only this, a biotechnology/bioscience background also enables smoother job switch along one’s career path owing to its interdisciplinary aspects of training and skills. This articles provides a comprehensive list of the top specializations for bio-related Masters in top countries with possible job outcomes.

MS Specializations with Jobs & Countries

With the right combination of subjects at the masters level, there can be many opportunities both in the academic and industrial sector; private and government institutions. An undergraduate degree in bioscience/biotechnology provides a broad base giving students the flexibility to decide on their long-term career goals. Here is a list with MS specializations with possible job roles post MS and top countries to select from for each:

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    1. Biochemistry : Pharmacologist, Research Scientist : USA, UK , Canada
    2. Microbiology : Agricultural/Food/Environmental Scientist : USA, Germany, France, Finland
    3. Biophysics : Researcher, Clinical Scientist, Medical Instrumentation Expert : USA, UK, Germany, France
    4. Biostatistics : Principal Scientist, Data Scientist/Analyst : USA, Germany, Switzerland
    5. Bioinformatics : Analyst, Programmer, Research Scientist : USA, Germany, France
    6. Biomedical Sciences : Academic/Clinical Researcher, Technician, Medical Writer, Medicinal Chemist : USA, Germany, Singapore
    7. Forensic Science : Scientist, Toxicologist, Analytical Chemist : UK, USA, Canada
    8. Neuroscience : Academic Researcher, Lecturer, Consultant : USA, UK, Germany
    9. Regenerative Medicine : Nanotechnologist, Tissue Engineer : UK, USA, Singapore

    Eligibility for Bioscience/Biotech MS Applicants

    The realm of biotechnology/bioscience is vast and constantly increasing because of its collaborative nature. However, each of the countries mentioned above does have specific entry requirements for enrollment in their respective course curriculums. For instance, a biotech or bioscience student aspiring to get into Biostatistics for Masters essentially needs to have mathematics or applied mathematics as part of his/her bachelor modules. However, this might not be true for another student who is aiming for a neuroscience masters program. Hence it is important to check with the country and university-specific must-haves. Nonetheless, be able to pursue Masters in any of the above mentioned field, following is a broad list of pre-requisites

    • A 3 or 4 year bachelor/undergraduate degree in Biotechnology/Biosciences
    • Standardized Test Scores: GRE/GATE
    • English Language Proficiency: TOEFL or IELTS
    • Overall profile: Internships, trainings, Summer Schools
    • Letter of Motivation/ Statement of Purpose
    • Letter(s) of Recommendation

    Scholarships for Masters (MS)

    There are possibilities of financial-aid/scholarships at the Masters level for international students. Partial tuition fee waivers are offered based on merit, financial needs and early applications. Depending on the country one is looking at, there might be chances of full tuition fee waivers as well. Therefore, it is important to start the process ahead of time to figure out the best fit courses along with opportunities for scholarships.

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    Diya Dutta
    Diya completed her Integrated Masters Degree (BS-MS) in Biotechnology from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She has also pursued a Masters in Cancer Research at the University of Montpellier, France working at the Cell Biology Research Institute of Montpellier (CRBM) for her thesis. She then moved to Mainz, Germany working as an independent researcher in Biochemistry and Biophysics.
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