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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology

Offered by: The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)
Exam BodyThe University of Nottingham, UK
Course Duration3 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)52600/Yr
FacultyFaculty of Science
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyScience (Life Science/Physical Science/Applied Science)
Course Description

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 emphasizes on applications of recent biotechnological advances to reduce hunger, combat diseases, produce cleaner energy and to develop more efficient manufacturing processes. Topics covered include genomics and proteomics, genetic engineering and modifications of microorganisms, crops and animals, detection of food pathogens and development of novel industrial products, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. The course allows a high degree of specialisation into various areas of biotechnology in years two and three. Specialistareas include plant, microbial/industrial, medical/pharmaceutical biotechnology. The course 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

  • Animal Biology
  • Applied Genetics
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life
  • Bioscience Tutorials (Academic Development)
  • Genes and Cells
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Microbes and You
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • The Biosciences and Global Food Security

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Molecular Biology and the Dynamic Cell
  • Professional Skills for Bioscientists

Typical optional modules

  • Basic Molecular Pharmacology
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship and Business
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Introductory Plant Pathology
  • Microbial Mechanisms of Foodborne Diseases
  • Molecular Pharming and Biotechnolog
  • yMolecular Techniques in Biosciences
  • Plant Physiology and Applied Crop Science
  • Principles of Immunology

 Year three

Typical core modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Postharvest Technology (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Applied Bioethics: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and Environment
  • Basic Introduction to Omic Technologies
  • Biotechnology in Animal Physiology
  • Commercialisation in Biotechnology
  • Current Issues in Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Fundamental and Applied Aspect of Plant Genetic Manipulation
  • Marketing Management
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Molecular Plant Pathology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Plants and Their Environment
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements

A Level

BBC, including 2 science subjects, preferably biology and chemistry; other science subjects such as mathematics or physics may be considered, excluding critical thinking and general studies

IB Diploma

28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level (including specified grades in science subjects) 


B+B+B or grade points of 3.33 in at least 2 science subjects (preferably biology and chemistry) and 3.00 in one other science subject (such as physics or mathematics) 


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


ATAR 82 (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

Canadian (CIMP/ICPU)

86% average based on 6 subjects (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects)

College Placement Test (US Style Curriculum)

Minimum final GPA of 3.0 (ouf of 4) in High School Diploma with Grade B in mathematics and two science subjects (preferably biology and chemistry) plus a score of 1200 in SATr and 650,650,600 in SAT Subject Tests or 4,4,3 in Advanced Placement Tests. Students taking group B subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at AP level.

SAT Subject Tests and AP papers must include 2 science subjects, preferably biology and chemistry; other science subjects such as mathematics or Physics C plus either Physics 1 or Physics 2 may be considered on a case-by-case basis

Advance Placement (AP) Students who are taking Advanced Placement Tests in addition to another recognised qualification (not US style curriculum), may be considered on a case-by-case basis without the SATr and SAT Subject Tests
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 3.0 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to 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 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme with no failed modules

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent must have grade B in mathematics.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision.

English language requirements


6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening,18 in reading, 20 in Speaking) 

GCE A Level English Language or Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or Literature:

grade C

PTE (Academic):

55 (with no less than 51 in each element)


grade B+ 

1119 (GCE O): 

grade C 

GCSE O Level: 

grade C 

IGCSE (first language):

grade C

IGCSE (second language):

grade B


grade B3 

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):  

4 points 


Band 4

IB English B HL: 

4 points 

IB English B SL:  

5 points 

IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test


Intake Months


Career Prospects

The combination of specialist topics you choose in your second and third years will influence the career opportunities available to you. In recent years, many of our graduates have found employment in a range of careers including research workers in industrial and government research organisations; advisors in management, sales and marketing; forensic biologists with law enforcement agencies; science advisors for lawmakers; science journalists and writers; teachers and lecturers in schools and higher learning institutions; and consultants in in biotechnology related industries.

Many graduates have chosen to continue their studies and undertake further research training to MSc, MPhil or PhD level at The University of Nottingham or elsewhere.

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

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