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Biotechnology courses in the UK

Introduction to Biotechnology

The aim of a degree in Biotechnology is to provide students with the training, skills and learning needed to succeed in the area of controlled and deliberate manipulation of biological systems for the manufacture of products such as antibiotics, industrial chemicals and genetically modified crops.

The UK is one of the top destinations across the world for the studying of Life Sciences, and the reason thousands of international students choose to study here is to take advantage of world leading academic researchers and state-of the-art resources with modern infrastructures.

There are currently around 450 biotech companies in the UK, employing around 21,000 people. UK companies also account for 35 per cent of products (drug development in biotechnology) in Europe, and also 41 per cent of new drug development in late stage clinical trials. Many courses offer sandwich placements and in the industry, with world leaders such Astrazeneca, Avecia, Glaxosmithkline, Unilever and Syngenta all maintaining close links with universities in the UK.

In the UK, Biotechnology provides a firm basis for pursuing a career in any aspect of science. This could involve the food, pharmaceutical or environmental sectors, and all programmes will equip you with the practical and theoretical aspects of biotechnology.

Course modules can include:

  • Biotechnology and Management
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Bioscience
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Biomedical
  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Drug discovery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Proteins and Enzymes
  • Genes and Genomics
  • Protein Structure and Function
  • Immunology
  • Biochemical and chemical engineering

Careers in Biotechnology

Career opportunities in Biotechnology exist in the areas of molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, drug discovery, immunology and other sciences, with a wide range of industries and research institutes looking to take on skilled Bio scientists. Potential careers exist in the following areas:

  • Bioprocess technology and development
  • Fermentation Scientist
  • Genetic manipulation and engineering
  • Protein engineering
  • Downstream processing
  • Cell Culture
  • Production
  • Quality Assurance
  • Medicine and Food production

What are the entry requirements for Biotechnology?

Students must have studied chemistry, plus one other science subject (although not mandatory at some universities) alongside Maths. The best combination would be Chemistry and two further science subjects.

For international students wishing to study Biotechnology at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 6.5 score generally required at most universities.

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Where can I study Biotechnology in the UK?

To learn more about some of the best Biotechnology universities in the UK, please find details on the top ten ranking Physiotherapy universities:

How SI-UK can help with your application

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