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What is the difference between biomedical science and biotechnology?
Biomedical science is the study of basic sciences related to medicine including biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, parasitology, pharmacology, haematology, immunology, histopathology and cytopathology. Biomedical Science helps students to gain an understanding of the basic sciences that are related to medicine and to develop skills in different biomedical areas. Prepare students to work effectively in healthcare services such as diagnostics, therapeutics, determining the nature of diseases, quality control, prevention, control and treatment of diseases.

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.
What kind of employment can I obtain with a biotechnology degree? Can I find employment easily?
Biotechnology is not a field that involves merely research on the bench, but runs the whole gamut from thoughts seeded in research, to realisation in development, feasibility in commercialisation studies and trials, and finally culminating in the production of branded products into the marketplace. Hence. holding a degree in Biotechnology does not mean that you will be just a researcher in a laboratory. In addition, the Biotechnology technical knowledge that students learned from this degree is applicable globally in various fields. A biotechnology graduate can be a research and development (R&D) officer in research institute, universities, agricultural, clinical and forensic laboratories; quality control and quality assurance officer of pharmaceutical, health care and other industrial products; clinical research coordinator in hospitals and pharmaceutical firm; and bioinformatics computational analyst. They can also be a sales and marketing executive in the field related to biotechnology or the pharmaceutical industry, manager in the manufacturing industry, patent agents specialised in Intellectual Property (IP) and patent law, venture capitalists as well as biotechnology technopreneurs.
What is the state of the Biotechnology industry in Malaysia?
The National Biotechnology Policy envisions that biotechnology will be a new economic engine for Malaysia, enhancing the nation’s prosperity and well-being.

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.

Reference: www.bio.org.my
What facilities does UCSI University provide for Biotechnology programme compare with others?
Biotechnology programme is a multi-disciplinary science based programme which cannot be run without good laboratory facilities. The specially designed and purpose-built laboratories at UCSI university include Basic Chemistry and Biology laboratory, Microbiology laboratory, Physiology and Pharmacology laboratory, Molecular Biology laboratory, Enzyme Technology laboratory, Fermentation and scale-up laboratory, and Animal and Plant Cell Culture Laboratory. All these laboratories were built to ensure that our students were given the best facilities and real hands-on practical experience in the different fields of Biotechnology which is important for their future careers. The laboratories are equipped with high-value equipments such as Bioreactor, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography, Atomic Absorbance Spectrophotometry and such. All our students will have to carry out a final Research Project at the end of their third academic year in these laboratories under the supervision of our highly qualified academic staff. Each student will gain invaluable experience from their final project as they are given a chance to plan, exhibit and experience real hands-on laboratory practical work.
Why should I study Biotechnology at UCSI University instead of at other universities?
To differentiate ourselves from other institutions of higher learning offering the same degree programme, our students are well-equipped for the workforce before graduation. Our Biotechnology programme is a homegrown B.Sc. degree and is tailored to incorporate Co-Op training in year 1, 2 and 3 of study. The students have the opportunity of working for two months at the end of each of the three academic years on their Co-Operative Placements in a company in the related industries. This means they would have more than six months of real world working experience before they graduate. The Co-Op aims to develop not only students’ communications and soft skills, but also help students to relate theory with practical and working experience in the Biotechnology industry in Malaysia. It also aims to provide students with technical and analytical skills to carry out life science research and prepares them to pursue postgraduate studies in a range of disciplines.
Are UCSI University degrees recognised by foreign universities if I wish to pursue Masters programmes?
UCSI B.Sc. Biotechnology (Hons) degree is recognized by our partner universities in Australia, UK, Canada and USA.
If I pursue a Masters programme overseas, are there any areas of specialisation recommended? Or should I just continue pursuing a Masters degree in the field of Biotechnology?
UCSI graduates can pursue a Master in Science degree by research or course work in local universities or overseas. They can choose to enrol in a Masters programme specialising in any of the 5 main fields of Biotechnology, i.e. Industrial Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology and Forensic Molecular Biology or in any other specific disciplines such as Biomedical Sciences, Immunology, Pharmaclogy and many others.
Does the UCSI University degree provide opportunities for me to develop my career abroad?
The career opportunities for a biotech graduates range across many industry sectors due to the wide applications of biotechnology. These include the food and agricultural sector, medical and bio-pharmaceutical sector, industrial and environmental sector as well as the animal and aquaculture sectors. UCSI University graduates have gone on to pursue careers overseas such as in Singapore where they found employment as researchers, both in private and government research centres.
Can recognition by any Malaysian professional body recognition enhance the degree of employability for UCSI students?
This programme does not need any professional body recognition but it is accredited by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA).
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