BSc Biotechnology

Duration:3 Years


Campus:University of Nottingham Malaysia

Level of Study:Degree

Faculty:School of Biosciences

Course Code:UNM/KPM-JPT(R2/545/6/0040)8/24

About this course

Biotechnology aims to apply the latest molecular approaches to develop technologies and novel products to address modern-day problems in food production, healthcare, industrial and environmental sectors. This degree places emphasis on the application of advances in biotechnology to address global issues such as food security, reduction of hunger, enhancement of crops, bio-production and bioprocesses for industrial applications, novel drug discovery and therapeutic biotechnology. Topics covered include genomics and proteomics; genetic engineering of microorganisms and crops; detection of food pathogens and development of novel industrial products, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. The programme allows a high degree of specialisation into three specialist areas of biotechnology in years two and three: plant, industrial, and medical/pharmaceutical biotechnology. The programme includes an optional industrial placement in year 2, which will enable you to gain industry experience, crucial for your career development and employment. In year 3, you will carry out a research project which will help to develop specialist knowledge in an area of your choice and transferable skills including data analysis and presentation, effective communication and independent thinking.

Total Course Fees

RM45,600 per year(Local), RM53,800 per year(International)

For scholarship and tuition fee enquiries please e-mail for more details.

Subject Listing

Typical Core Modules

  • Applied Genetics
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life
  • Bioscience Tutorials (Academic Development)
  • Genes and Cells
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • The Biosciences and Global Food Security

Typical Core Module

  • Epigenetics and Developmental
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology and the Dynamic Cell
  • Molecular Pharming and Biotechnology
  • Principles of Immunology
  • Professional Skills for Bioscientists
  • Research Skills for Biotechnologists

Typical optional modules

  • Applied Plant Physiology: From Cell to Crop
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology for Industries
  • Global Environmental Change: Part 1
  • Global Environmental Change: Part 2
  • Introductory Plant Pathology
  • Microbial Biotechnology
  • Microbial Mechanisms of Foodborne Diseases
  • Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics
  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Genes
  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Proteins

Typical Core Modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering
  • Advanced Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
  • Advanced Postharvest Technology
  • Applied Bioethics: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and Environment
  • Basic Introduction to Omic Technologies
  • Biotechnology in Animal Physiology
  • Commercialisation in Biotechnology
  • Current Issues in Biotechnology
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical
  • Biotechnology Molecular Nutrition
  • Molecular Plant Pathology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Plants and Their Environment
  • Therapeutic Immunology
  • Postharvest and Preservation Technology

Entry RequirementsApplicants must have one of the following Entry requirements:

A Level

BBC, including biology and chemistry, excluding critical thinking and general studies.

IB Diploma

28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry


B+B+B including biology and chemistry, excluding Pengajian Am


1 A and 4 B3s, including biology and chemistry, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language


ATAR 82 (including biology and chemistry)

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

80% average based on 6 subjects including Biology and Chemistry. Consideration to be made based on relevant individual grades if specific subjects are required.

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University’s requirements

Advance Placement (AP) 4,4,3 including AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.
Diploma – Other Institutions  Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation – Other Institutions

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme.

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, those who have taken SPM/GCSE/IGCSE/High School Diploma or equivalent must have grade B in relevant mathematics and at least credit in related science subjects.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants’ personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic):

6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening,18 in reading, 20 in Speaking)

GCE A Level English Language or Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or Literature:

grade C

PTE (Academic):

55 (with no less than 51 in each element)


grade B+

1119 (GCE O):

grade C

GCSE O Level:

grade C

IGCSE (first language):

grade C

IGCSE (second language):

grade B


grade B3

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):

4 points


Band 3

IB English B HL:

4 points

IB English B SL:

5 points

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

International Student Only

International students: Please contact University of Nottingham for more information +6 03 8924 8000 or refer to link

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Scholarships Available (Applicable for 2020 intakes only)

Please refer below for scholarship eligibility:

Scholarship Amount
SPM / O-Levels Required

RM12,450 *

8 A+/A and above

RM5,000 **

7 A+/A or 8 A+/A/A-

RM4,000 **

6 A+/A or 7 A+/A/A-

RM2,000 **

5 A+/A or 6 A+/A/A-

Candidates are required to achieve A+/A in English and 3 out of these 4 subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry).

* The scholarship value will be deducted across 3 semesters.

** The scholarship value will be deducted from Semester 2 only.