UK Biotechnology Courses
Introduction to Biotechnology
A Biotechnology degree will 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. 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.
There are around 450 biotech companies in the UK, employing around 21,000 people. UK companies account for 35% of products (drug development in Biotechnology) in Europe, and also 41% of new drug development in late stage clinical trials. Many Biotechnology courses offer sandwich placements in the industry, with world leaders such Astrazeneca, Avecia, Glaxosmithkline, Unilever and Syngenta all maintaining close links with universities in the UK.
Course modules can include biotechnology and management, environmental biotechnology, food biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, biological chemistry, drug discovery, molecular biology, cell biology, proteins and enzymes, genes and genomics, protein structure and function, immunology and biochemical and chemical engineering.
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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.
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. Careers exist in the following areas:
- Bioprocess technology and development
- Fermentation scientist
- Genetic manipulation and engineering
- Protein engineering
- Downstream processing
- Cell culture
- Quality assurance
- Medicine and food production
Biotechnology Entry Requirements
Biotechnology applicants must have studied chemistry, plus one other science subject (although not mandatory at all universities) alongside maths. An ideal combination would be chemistry and two further science subjects.
- Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 32-35 points.
- Typical A-levels requirements: ABB including science subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics or maths.
- Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.
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Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
Where can I study Biotechnology in the UK?
To learn more about the best Biotechnology courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Biosciences universities in the Guardian University Guide 2019 below:
- University of St Andrews
- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- University of Warwick
- Ulster University
- University of York
- University of Dundee
- Durham University
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Surrey
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