Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biotechnology
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Programme Overview

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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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Malaysian Students
  • Pass STPM with a minimum of Grade C (GPA 2.00) in any two (2) subjects, or its equivalent; and possess SPM with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject and one any other subject, or its equivalent; OR
  • Pass STAM with a minimum grade of Jayyid, or its equivalent; and possess SPM with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject and one any other subject, or its equivalent; OR
  • Matriculation/Foundation with a minimum CGPA of 2.00, or its equivalent, and possess SPM with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject and one any other subject, or its equivalent; OR
  • Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with Grade B in five (5) subjects including Mathematics, one science subject and one any other subject; OR
  • A Diploma (Level 4, MQF) in a related field with a minimum CGPA of 2.00, or its equivalent.
Note: The credit requirement at SPM level for candidate in categories (i), (ii), and (iii) 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.
PROGRAMME MODULES
    • 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
    • Bioinstrumentation
    • Cell and Tissue Culture
    • Food Microbiology
    • Genetic Engineering
    • Environmental Biotechnology or Microbial Biotechnology (Elective)
    • English for Occupational Purposes
    • Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (Malaysian Student)
    • Malaysian Studies 3 (International Student)
    • Co-Curriculum 2
    • Public Speaking Skills
    • Enzyme Technology
    • Immunology
    • Animal Biotechnology or Marine Biotechnology (Elective)
    • Plant Biotechnology or Food Biotechnology (Elective)
    • Principles of Entrepreneurship
    • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*
    * For Malaysian students who do not possess credit in the Bahasa Melayu subject at the SPM level
    • 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
ASSESSMENT

Assessments under the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biotechnology are varied, and are either based on; Full coursework (100%) or a combination of coursework (60%) and a final examination (40%). The delivery methods include lectures, tutorials, practicals, research projects, seminars, industrial visits etc. Our students are expected to demonstrate their understanding through several forms of assessments, including open/closed book examinations, test, quiz, critical review of published articles, presentation, class participation, report-writing, laboratory skills, assignment / mini project, and research project with project report / viva-voce.

Students are expected to undergo six (6) semesters and one industrial training (minimum of 12 weeks), which amounts to 120 credit hours.

FEES
Malaysian Students

Total fees: RM51,560

International Students

Total fees: RM66,100

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
  • Microbiologist
  • Scientific Officer
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Technologist
  • Laboratory Biotechnologist
  • Manufacturing Biotechnologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Plant Breeder
  • Patent Officer
  • Product Specialist
  • Application Specialist