“A molecular biologist may make a discovery, but it is biotechnologists who will question how it can be applied.” Steve Kett, Course Leader
From gene therapy and the discovery of drugs to improving washing powders so they can neutralise bacteria at lower temperatures and help reduce the impact of modern life on the environment, the research that takes place in the field of biotechnology will help shape the development of the world we live in.
Biotechnology encompasses the latest techniques in biological molecules, cells and organisms and applying knowledge of these to problems arising in health, disease, industry and the environment. As a discipline, biotechnology continues to expand as technology develops. We will teach you to think like a scientist and arm you with the essential skills and knowledge to work across the breadth of biotechnological processes that impact on our lives, from food production to fermentation technology.
You will discover and explore the importance of biotechnology in the rapidly developing fields of pharmaceutical, food and agricultural product production. Upon graduation you will be well prepared for a range of exciting research careers.
BSc Biology (Biotechnology) is part of a new suite of biology courses, designed to offer choice and flexibility in the modules you study. There is a common first year that focuses on covering the fundamentals of biology so you have the option of changing pathway at the end of the first year. Find out more about:
In Year 1 you will focus on core biological disciplines including plant and animal biology, cell biology and microbiology. In Year 2 you will begin to specialise in biotechnology and develop your knowledge of biochemistry (particularly enzyme function and metabolic pathways). In the Microbial Biotechnology module you will be introduced to fermentation technology and the use of micro-organisms in the commercial production of foods, alcohols and enzymes.
In Year 3 you will examine green biotechnology which investigates renewable energy sources and applications of micro-organisms in pollution remediation as well as the principles, practise and applications of plant and animal biotechnology. You can also select from a choice of specialist modules that introduce a range of important biotechnological applications like gene therapy, plant transgenics, drug design and environmental remediation.
The fundamental role of the biotechnologist as the 'maker' of a product is explored in the Innovation in Biosciences module which crosses into our Product Design and Engineering courses and includes input from prestigious industry partners.
Throughout the three-year course you will develop essential skills in laboratory and fieldwork and build detailed knowledge of research methodologies.
BSc Biology (Biotechnology) modules:
BSc Biology (Biotechnology) modules:
The School of Science and Technology prides itself on its research findings and these new advancements are used to inform the teaching of this degree. Many of the modules include practical sessions which may be laboratory, field or computer based investigations and simulations. This means you will develop skills in scientific research methods that not only develop your skills as a researcher but also enhance your employability within a wide range of careers.
The dissertation is a major component of your final year where you are given the opportunity to engage with a wide range of research. As part of this you will carry out an individual research project under the supervision of a researcher. This may involve field and/or laboratory based analyses and you are encouraged to innovate and to explore your own areas of interest. We actively encourage and support outstanding student work to be published or presented in public.
You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including Science
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental and Public Health foundation page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
A degree in biotechnology often leads to a research career, but it can also be an excellent grounding for a wide range of other roles across management, marketing, and laboratory science. The employment opportunities are exciting and you could find yourself working as a technician, biomedical engineer, analyst or research associate.
We encourage our students to undertake work placements, which improve industry knowledge, support the development of practical work-based skills and help graduates to succeed in the job market.
There are two placement opportunities as part of this course:
These placements usually run for seven months and you will not pay tuition fees during this time. Additionally, if your placement is unpaid, you can apply for a maintenance grant. We provide full support with your placement applications and deliver an induction course before you start. The Natural Sciences department has extensive experience in delivering placements and they work closely with our Placement Office which has specialist expertise in establishing contacts and finding suitable placement hosts.
You can apply for the BSc Biology (Biotechnology) with a year in industry course directly through UCAS (see Apply tab) or you can choose to take this option before the end of your first year.
This 30 credit placement can be taken either in the summer between Year 2 and 3 or as day release from University in the final year. If you choose to complete the module in the summer you can also use the experience to collect data for your dissertation.
"Biotechnology is the innovation horizon, the interface between people and information, where useful technology is adapted or created and applied productively. A molecular biologist may make a discovery, but it is biotechnologists who will question how this can be applied and what it will mean to us."
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