IBioIC celebrates a further twenty five industry-ready graduates from its’ 4th cohort of the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology to make a total of 89 graduates entering work or higher education to date, creating a demonstrable impact on the IB workforce in Scotland.

A tailored approach to learning

From the inception, skilling the necessary workforce to meet the ambitious targets set out in the National Plan for IB in Scotland has been a top priority for IBioIC.  Working in partnership with academia and industry, a sector-leading postgraduate qualification was devised, incorporating the best teachers and researchers in all sectors of IB across Scotland.
The core and elective modules available to students ensure that their essential knowledge is sound and they can tailor their experience to start them on their chosen career path.  Whether that’s in Blue Biotech, with a week immersed (hopefully not literally) in a field trip to the Scottish Association for Marine Science near Oban or a business-focussed experience with modules delivered by Strathclyde Business School, the qualification can be tailored to suit.

It’s not all just to benefit the students

The Skills Team are delighted that the 2017/18 cohort have been super-achievers with 12 students graduating with distinction, 11 with merit and 2 passes.  These superb results are down to the hard work and dedication of our students who feel a real sense of purpose from the course, augmented by a 10-week industry based placement and project.

Multinationals, SMEs and microbusinesses all find benefit in taking a placement student and a number treat the opportunity as a 10-week interview!  We recently celebrated the award of “Best MSc Student of the Year 2017-18” IBioIC’s 5th Annual Conference.  The award, won by Alexandros Zouliatis, was in recognition of achieving the highest grades over the programme.  Alex undertook his project with ScotBio, a company that is in the process of commercialising the production of a blue pigment from microalgae, which is in high demand as major global brands transition products from artificial to natural colours.  After only 5 week in the role, Alex was offered full-time employment with the company:

"We had a very good experience with IBioIC and the MSc student placement. We felt that IBioIC made a real effort to find us a candidate that was a good fit within our company and our project aims, and there was good support from the team throughout the project. Overall Alex’s project was instrumental in evaluating downstream processing designs for the scale-up and has allowed us to progress more quickly into our commercialisation phase.
Alex has a wonderful blend of talents, bridging the scientific and the commercial.  He has become a valued member of the team and we are thrilled to say that Alex is joining us as a full-time employee to carry on his good work."
ScotBio representative

Find out more about the MSc in Industrial Biotechnology

Interested in offering our students a work based placement? Get in touch with us by email: skills@ibioic.com