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Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology) BSc (Hons)

University of Aberdeen

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    06-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Biotechnology is the application of biology to improve the quality of human life. It is a technology based on the unique properties of biological molecules, cells and organisms and provides new ways of diagnosing disease, producing antibiotics and other chemicals, reducing industrial contamination of the environment and improving food safety. This degree is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation. Many Biotechnology graduates follow their undergraduate degree with PhD research in a wide range of research laboratories, both in the UK and overseas. Others move directly into positions in hospital research, diagnostic laboratories and research institutes.

The study of biotechnology at Aberdeen involves study of microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. Knowledge of all three subjects is crucial in an area where microorganisms are frequently being genetically engineered to perform novel or enhanced biochemical reactions, and will become increasingly important as synthetic biology is used throughout biotechnological processes. The potential of biotechnology to provide new health products, new fuels such as hydrogen, advances in agriculture and management of the environment (e.g. oil spill clean-up) is immense but at present only partly tapped. Biotechnology is well-placed to contribute significantly to future sustainable technology development.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

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A level : BBB

A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB - at least 2 from Science or Maths subjects.To be considered for entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, with AB from 2 science or maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours - an A in the subject for Single Honours or AB in the subjects for Joint Honours).Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.

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University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table

    26th

  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations & Marketing, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 103 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    178 78%

    11th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%

    79th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.09 82%

    47th

    6

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