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BSc Biotechnology

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Semenyih, Selangor
What is Bioscience?
Rapid advances in technology and knowledge have a daily impact on our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the environment in which we live.

Biosciences at Nottingham encompasses a range of areas as diverse as genetic engineering of microorganisms and plants, environment and its protection; modern therapeutic applications in the medical and pharmaceutical field; the growth, development and reproduction of plants and animals; the production and preservation of agricultural and food commodities; food manufacture, nutrition and health.

How will I study?
Our degree programmes are all modular, which allows you a certain degree of flexibility to select modules that are of personal interest. Essential core modules have been specified for each degree programme – these ensure you have the core skills, knowledge and competencies required in your chosen discipline of Biotechnology or Nutrition. After the first year of study, you can select complementary modules that are of interest to you.

Coursework and exams will be used to assess your progress during and at the end of each semester. Most of your learning will be via lectures, which are supported by practical classes and tutorial sessions. You are encouraged and facilitated to become independent learners. Your personal tutor and the module convenors will guide you through the modules and assist with any difficulties you might face.

Career prospects
Our graduates are highly sought after and the majority secure employment or continue with further studies within six months of graduation. As a Biosciences graduate, you will find a range of opportunities such as research scientist, analyst, technician, project manager, consultant, educator and advocator in both the public and private sectors.

Your skills and knowledge can be applied in laboratories, hospitals, research organisations, agricultural and plantation companies, bio-production and manufacturing plants, the food and health industry, the development sector and many others. Our graduates have found employment with local and international companies including CCM chemicals, Danone, Dutch Lady, Johnson and Johnson, Pharmaniaga, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), Syngenta and Unilever.

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Course Summary



Course Fees (estimated)

RM 136,800

Course Duration

3 years

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A Level
BBC, including biology and chemistry, excluding critical thinking and general studies.

IB Diploma
28 points with 5, 5, 4 at Higher Level, including biology and chemistry.

B+B+B including biology and chemistry, excluding Pengajian Am

1 A and 4 B3s, including biology and chemistry, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.

ATAR 82 including biology and chemistry.

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
77% average based on 6 subjects including biology and chemistry. Consideration to be made based on relevant individual grades if specific subjects are required.

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University’s requirements

Advance Placement (AP) 
4, 4, 3, including AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Diploma - Other Institutions 
Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements of the programme.

Foundation - Other Institutions 
Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements of the programme.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation
Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, applicants must have credits
in mathematics, one science subject and one in any other subject at SPM/GCSE/ IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent for an entry to Biotechnology. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained similar or equivalent grades at a higher level.

English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT): 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 65 (with no less than 59 in each element)
GCE A Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
SPM: grade B+
1119 (GCE O): grade C
GCSE O-Level: grade C
IGCSE (first language): grade C
IGCSE (second language): grade B
MUET: Band 4
UEC: grade B3
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level): 4 points
IB English B (Higher Level): 4 points
IB English B (Standard Level): 5 points
Malaysian – RM45,000 per year
Non-Malaysian – RM53,000 per year
BSc Biotechnology
Biotechnology aims to apply the latest molecular approaches to develop technologies and novel products to address modern-day problems in food production, healthcare, industrial and environmental sectors. This degree places emphasis on the application of advances in biotechnology to address global issues such as food security, reduction of hunger, enhancement of crops, bio-production and bioprocesses for industrial applications, novel drug discovery and therapeutic biotechnology. Topics covered include genomics and proteomics; genetic engineering of microorganisms and crops; detection of food pathogens and development of novel industrial products, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.

Our programme focuses on 3 key areas of biotechnology, with Industrial biotechnology as the core discipline that links with plant biotechnology and medical/pharmaceutical biotechnology. The programme includes an optional industrial placement in year 2, which will enable you to gain industry experience, crucial for your career development and employment. In year 3, you will carry out a research project which will help to develop specialist knowledge in an area of your choice and transferable skills including data analysis and presentation, effective communication and independent thinking.

Year one
Typical core modules
  • Applied Genetics
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life
  • Genes and Cells
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Statistical Skills for Bioscientists
  • The Biosciences and Global Food Security

Year two
Typical core modules
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology and the Dynamic Cell
  • Molecular Pharming and Biotechnology
  • Professional Skills for Bioscientists
  • Research Skills for Biotechnologists

Typical optional modules
  • Agrifood Production Systems
  • Applied Plant Physiology: From Cell to Crop
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology for Industries
  • Epigenetics and Developmental Biotechnology
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Principle of Immunology

Year three
Typical core modules
  • Applied Bioethics: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and the Environment
  • Commercialisation in Biotechnology
  • Current Issues in Biotechnology
  • Undergraduate Research Project

Typical optional modules
  • Advanced Postharvest Technology
  • Basic Introduction to Omic Technologies
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology in Animal Physiology
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Molecular Plant Pathology
  • Plants and Their Environment
  • Therapeutic Immunology
  • Postharvest and Preservation Technology
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