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Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology

Offered by: UCSI University
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Exam BodyInternal Degree, Malaysia
Course Duration3 Yrs (9 Sem)
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees74020/Course
Fees (International Student)77535/Course
CampusUCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
FacultyFaculty of Applied Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyComputing & IT
Course Description

Biotechnology, the fastest growing science-based industry in the world, is widely regarded as the new engine of growth for the global economy. Covering the medical and health care industries, the agricultural and industrial sectors, the environment, and forensics, it encompasses also the applications of technologies like biochemistry, molecular biology, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, and others for the development of new products and processes. In addition, it also includes vaccines and drugs for the treatment or improvement of life-threatening diseases like AIDS, medical diagnostic kits, agricultural products with improved nutritional values and reduced dependence on chemical pesticides, as well as high quality industrial products, cleaner biochemical process with less waste, and DNA ?ngerprinting for improved criminal investigation.

Designed with the aid of leading members in the biotechnology ?eld, the 3-year programme helps to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The course content is aimed at providing students with a good foundation of knowledge and hands-on practical experience of the different ?elds of biotechnology for their future careers which include Pharmacology, Physiological Sciences, Metabolic Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Human Molecular Genetics, Animal and Plant Cell Culture, Microbial Biotechnology, Enzyme Technology, Fermentation Technology and Downstream processing, Bioprocess Engineering and Environmental Biotechnology.

The course aims to produce competent, con?dent and consummate graduates in the ?eld of Biotechnology who are internationally employable and who are equipped with various valuable transferable skills like presentation techniques, communication skills, exposure to problem solving, teamwork and the use of information technology. In addition, students will be made to realize the ethical issues and the impact of biotechnology on society, as well as trained to be bioentrepreneurs / technopreneurs that would enable them to translate research outcomes into business opportunities.

Assessments

Coursework percentage: 60%, written examination percentage: 40%

Curriculum
Year 1
  • Semester 1 (Long semester)
    • Chemistry 1
    • Biology
    • Calculus & Analytical Geometry for Applied Sciences
    • University Life (MPU-U2)
    • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 (MPU-U4)
  • Semester 2 (Long semester)
    • Human Physiology
    • Chemistry 2
    • Microbiology
    • Structural Biochemistry
  • Semester 3 (Short semester)
    • Bioinformatics
    • Co-operative Placement 1
Year 2
  • Semester 1 (Long semester)
    • Malaysian Experiential Tourism (MPU-U3)/
      Business Law – Malaysian Perspective (MPU-U3)
    • Biochemistry & Metabolism
    • Microbes & Immunology
    • Statistics & Its Applications
    • Entrepreneurship for Applied Sciences
    • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2 (MPU-U4)
  • Semester 2 (Long semester)
    • Research Methodology, Safety & Ethics
    • Pharmacology
    • Molecular Cell Biology
    • Recombinant Technology
  • Semester 3 (Short semester)
    • Enzyme Technology
    • Co-operative Placement 2
Year 3
  • Semester 1 (Long semester)
    • Human Molecular Genetics
    • Environmental Biotechnology & Sustainability
    • Cell & Tissue Culture
    • Biotechnology Research Project 1
    • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 3 (MPU-U4)
  • Semester 2 (Long semester)
    • Fermentation Technology & Downstream Processing
    • Biotechnology Research Project 2
    • Elective (Choose one)
      • Food Microbiology
      • Fundamentals of Marketing
      • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Semester 3 (Short semester)
    • Bioprocess Engineering
    • Co-operative Placement 3
    • Biotechnology Research Project 3
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.

U1 –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation

–   For foreign students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.

Entry RequirementsFor Biotechnology and Food Science & Nutrition: STPM Min 2 Principals (C) in Chemistry and Biology/Mathematics/Physics. Minimum GPA 2.0 ‘A’ Levels Min 2 Principals (E) in Chemistry and Biology/Mathematics/Physics. Minimum GPA 2.0 UEC Min 5 credits (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) CPU Min average of 60% in 6 subjects (Inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) National Matriculation Min CGPA 2.0 (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) WAEC Min average of 60% in 5 subjects (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) Other qualifications equivalent to STPM/A-Level by MQA Min average of 60% (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) Diploma/ Advance Dip/ Degree/ equivalent Min CGPA 2.0 (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) (Case - to - case basis) UCSI Foundation in Science or equivalent Min CGPA 2.0 (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) International Baccalaureate Min 26/42 from 6 subjects (Minimum scores of 4/7 in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) SAM Pass with ATAR of 70% including a minimum average of 60% in 5 subjects (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics) *To be reviewed by the University on a case-to-case basis. For the Nutrition with Wellness degree programme and Diploma Aquatic, prefer to http://www.ucsiuniversity.edu.my/foas/ for more details.
Intake MonthsSeptember and February
Career Prospects

Biotechnology graduate can readily apply his/her knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Research and Development (R&D) in research institutes; universities; agricultural, clinical and forensic laboratories
  • Quality control and quality assurance of pharmaceutical, health care and other industrial products
  • Clinical research co-ordination in hospitals and pharmaceutical ?rms
  • Bioinformatics Computational Analysis
  • Other career opportunities in
    • Management
    • Intellectual Property (IP) and Patent Law
    • Sales and support services for the biotechnology industry, ecology, waste management and environmental pollution control
    • Venture capitalist business
    • Biotechnology technopreneurships

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


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