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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biotechnology

Offered by: International University Of Malaya-Wales (IUMW)
Exam BodyIUMW, Malaysia
Course Duration3 Years / 9 Semesters
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees53,560 / Course
Fees (International Student)68,220 / Course
CampusIUMW City Campus
FacultySchool of Science & Psychology
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyScience (Life Science/Physical Science/Applied Science)
Credit Hours120 credit hours
Course Description

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology is designed to develop students with a strong foundation of knowledge and practical skills that are sought after in the changing world of biotechnology.

This programme provides an understanding of, and the practical skills behind the use of biologically derived materials for a multitude of applications. Such materials include microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, yeast, algae) and materials derived from them and other biological sources (e.g. enzymes, protein, DNA). These applications focus on three core areas, namely agriculture productions, industrial manufacturing, and human health.

Industrial Training and Undergraduate Project which link students directly to the industry and leading-edge research are some of the added features of this programme, giving it a practical hands-on approach.


Year 1

  • Biochemistry I
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Fundamentals and Programming
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Mathematics
  • Hubungan Etnik (Malaysian Student)
  • Communicative Malay 2 (International Student)
  • Co-Curriculum 1
  • English for Academic Writing
  • Biochemistry II
  • Biostatistics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • English for Research Writing


Year 2

  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Cell and Tissue Culture
  • Food Microbiology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Environmental Biotechnology (Elective)
  • Microbial Biotechnology (Elective)
  • English for Occupational Purposes
  • Enzyme Technology
  • Immunology
  • *Animal Biotechnology
  • *Marine Biotechnology
  • *Plant Biotechnology
  • *Food Biotechnology
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • *Bahasa Kebangsaan
  • Hubungan Etnik (Malaysian Students)
  • Malaysian Studies 3 (International Students)
  • Co-Curriculum 2

*Choose any THREE (3) electives

Year 3

  • Bioethics & Biosafety
  • Bioinformatics
  • Medical Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Elective)
  • Undergraduate Project I
  • Bioreactor Design
  • Current Topics in Biotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology or Fermentation Technology (Elective)
  • Undergraduate Project II
  • Industrial Training
Entry Requirements
Malaysian Students
  • STPM Grade C (GPA 2.00) in any two (2) subjects
  • Diploma CGPA of 2.00
  • STAM Jayyid
  • UEC Grade B in five (5) subjects including Mathematics and one science subject;
  • Foundation/ Matriculation CGPA of 2.00
  • A-LEVEL Pass with Grade D in any two (2) subjects and possess O-Level with three (3) credits including Mathematics, one science subject and one any other subject
  • Australian Matriculation ATAR 65 including Mathematics and one science subject
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) 24 points across six subjects including Mathematics and Science
Specific requirements at SPM level can be waived should the grades obtained at the STPM / STAM / Diploma / Matriculation / Foundation are equivalent or higher.
International Students
  • A-Level with minimum of Grade D in any two (2) subjects, or its equivalent; and possess O-Level with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject and one any other subject, or its equivalent; AND
  • Achieve a minimum score of 5.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) OR Band 3 in Malaysian University English Test (MUET) OR its equivalent.
English Competency Requirements
All international students are bound to the English Competency requirement set by the University and the Malaysian Qualification Agency except those who are:
  • From countries where English is the official language; OR
  • From an academic institution which uses English as its main medium of instruction.
Career Prospects

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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