Middlesex University

Course Introduction

From the development of innovative gene therapies and novel drugs to improving washing powders so they neutralise bacteria at lower temperatures, biotechnological research shapes the development of the world we live in. Biotechnology encompasses the latest discoveries regarding biological molecules, cells and organisms and applies them to problems arising in health, industry and the environment. This discipline continues to expand as technology develops.

Why study BSc Biology (Biotechnology) at Middlesex University?

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.

This course has been designed to give you knowledge of biotechnological processes and to explore the applications of biotechnology in industry for food, food products and enzyme production, in plant and animal biotechnology, and in environmental and medical settings. You will acquire the fundamentals of scientific thought together with essential skills and knowledge required for work across a range of biotechnological processes essential for maintenance of life within the developed world.

BSc Biology (Biotechnology) is part of a 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. The other courses in this suite are:

BSc Biology

BSc Biology (Biotechnology)

BSc Biology (Molecular Biology)

Course highlights

There are placement opportunities for an internship in your third year – which can be completed in the summer or on day release. We will support you with sourcing the best placement or internship for you and making your application

A specialist module (Innovation in Bioscience) is dedicated to teaching students how to prepare their ideas for application in the ‘real world’ of biotech industry

As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module..

Course Modules

Foundation Year: Life Sciences ' Compulsory, SMART (Students Mastering Academic writing, Research and Technology) ' Compulsory

Foundation Mathematics ' Compulsory, Foundation Project ' Compulsory.

Year 1: Biological Techniques (30 credits) – Compulsory, Metabolic Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory, Cell Biology and Genetics (15 credits) – Compulsory, Principles of Microbiology (15 credits) – Compulsory, Fundamentals of Chemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory, Physiology and Anatomy (15 credits) – Compulsory. Year 2: Functional Biochemistry (30 credits) – Compulsory, Molecular Biology (15 credits) – Compulsory, Immunology and Endocrinology (15 credits) – Compulsory, Advanced Organic Chemistry I (15 credits) – Compulsory, Analytical Techniques (15 credits) – Compulsory, Research Methods and Project Planning (30 credits) ' Compulsory, Optional Sandwich Year, Biology placement. Year 3: Advanced Biochemistry (15 credits) – Compulsory, Gene Expression and Control (15 credits) – Compulsory, Bioinformatics (15 credits) – Compulsory,Advanced Biochemical Techniques (15 credits) – Compulsory, Dissertation (30 credits) – Compulsory, Gene Technology (15 credits) – Optional, Current Topics in Bioscience (15 credits) – Optional, Green Biotechnology (15 credits) – Optional, Advanced Organic Chemistry II (15 credits) – Optional, Biology Work Experience (30 credits) – Optional.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Overseas Fees