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BSc (Hons) Biotechnology
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Approval Code KR 10420; 06/2014
Accreditation Code A 10420
Classification BSc (Hons)
Subject Area Biotechnology
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 3 Years (14 weeks per semester, 7 weeks per short semester)
Course Location UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur Campus
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 realize 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.

Assessments

Coursework percentage: 60%, written examination percentage: 40%
Qualifications Academic Requirements
STPM Minimum 3 Principals (C) in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics.
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
A-Level Minimum 3 Principals (E) in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics.
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
UEC Minimum 5 credits (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
CPU Minimum average of 60% in 6 subjects (Inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
National Matriculation Minimum CGPA 2.8 (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
WAEC Minimum average of 60% in 5 subjects (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum average of 60% (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
Diploma/ Advance Diploma/ Degree/ equivalent Minimum CGPA 2.0 (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
(Admission level: case-to-case basis)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
UCSI Foundation in Science or equivalent Minimum CGPA 2.0 (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
International Baccalaureate Minimum 26/42 from 6 subjects (Minimum scores of 4/7 in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)
SAM Pass with ATAR of 70% including a minimum average of 60% in 5 subjects (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
and Pass at SPM level (or equivalent)


Foundation in Science
Qualification Academic Requirements
SPM/O-Level or its equivalent Minimum 5 credits (inclusive of Mathematics and 2 science subjects)
UEC Minimum 4 credits (inclusive of Mathematics and 2 science subjects)
CPU Average below 60% in 6 subjects (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum average of 50% (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to SPM/O-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Minimum average of 60% (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)
SAM Average below 60% (inclusive of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics)

English Requirements
  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 196 (computer-based) / 525 (writing-based) / 69 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or Band 5.5 in IELTS.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
* International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the Certificate in English programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.
Note / Legend Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM – Credit (A+ – C)
UEC – Credit (A1 – B6)
O-Level – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
WAEC – min. Credit (A1 – C6)
STPM – min. Principal – ‘C’ grade (GPA 2.00)
'A' Levels – min. Principal – ‘E’ grade
SAM/CPU – min. Pass – 50%
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
    • Management
    • 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
Year 1
  • Semester 1 (Long semester)
    • Chemistry 1
    • Biology
    • Calculus & Analytical Geometry for Applied Sciences
    • University Life (MPU-U2)
    • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 (MPU-U4)
  • Semester 2 (Long semester)
    • Human Physiology
    • Chemistry 2
    • Microbiology
    • Structural Biochemistry
  • Semester 3 (Short semester)
    • Bioinformatics
    • Co-operative Placement 1
Year 2
  • Semester 1 (Long semester)
    • Malaysian Experiential Tourism (MPU-U3)/
      Business Law – Malaysian Perspective (MPU-U3)
    • Biochemistry & Metabolism
    • Microbes & Immunology
    • Statistics & Its Applications
    • Entrepreneurship for Applied Sciences
    • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 2 (MPU-U4)
  • Semester 2 (Long semester)
    • Research Methodology, Safety & Ethics
    • Pharmacology
    • Molecular Cell Biology
    • Recombinant Technology
  • Semester 3 (Short semester)
    • Enzyme Technology
    • Co-operative Placement 2
Year 3
  • Semester 1 (Long semester)
    • 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
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.

U1 –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation

–   For foreign students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.

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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