|Approval Code||R/545/6/0029; 06/2024|
|Accreditation Code||A 10420|
|Course Duration||3 Years (14 weeks per semester, 7 weeks per short semester)|
|Course Location||Kuala Lumpur|
|Intakes||January, May and September|
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 ﬁngerprinting for improved criminal investigation.
Designed with the aid of leading members in the biotechnology ﬁeld, 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 ﬁelds 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, conﬁdent and consummate graduates in the ﬁeld 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 realise 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.
Coursework percentage: 60%, written examination percentage: 40%
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 ﬁrms
- Bioinformatics Computational Analysis
- Other career opportunities in
- 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
- 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
All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.
Biotechnology is the application of biological knowledge to the development of products that can improve various aspects of life such as health, food supply, environment and general well-being. Examples of biotechnology application in the field of medicine include diagnosis of genetic diseases, and production of medicinal pharmaceutical preparations such as vaccines. In additional, biotechnology can also be broadly applied in non-medical areas such as production of transgenic crops in the agriculture sector, and DNA fingerprinting for criminal investigation.
The Ninth Malaysian Plan states the Government's intention to make Malaysia a biotechnology hub. In its quest to be a major biotech player in the region, the government launched the National Biotechnology Policy (NBP) in April 2005. This saw the creation of the Malaysia Biotech Corporation (MBC), a dedicated government agency to develop the industry.
The Policy is divided into three main phases; Phase I (2005-2010), Phase II (2010-2015), and Phase III (2016-2020). Phase I will focus on capacity building and the establishment of the Malaysian Biotech Corporation (MBC), the establishment of advisory and implementation councils, the education and training of knowledge workers, and the development of a legal and intellectual property (IP) framework. Phase I also focuses on the creation of jobs in the areas of agricultural biotechnology, healthcare biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, and bioinformatics. Phase II will emphasise on the business aspects, such as developing expertise in drug discovery and the development based on natural resources, new product development, and technology acquisition and licensing. Phase III will be based on the results achieved in the first two phases and bringing local biotech companies to international status.
International Degree Pathway (IDP) via BSc (Hons) Biotechnology
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|BSc (Hons) Forensic Science||1+2||University of the West of England, Bristol||United Kingdom||£ 12750|
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