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BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology) (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Biotechnology

Course Description

Biotechnology is a technology based on the unique properties of biological molecules, cells and organisms, and provides new ways of diagnosing disease, producing antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and chemical feedstocks for industrial processes, reducing industrial contamination of the environment and improving food safety.

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.

Biotechnology is a technology based on the unique properties of biological molecules, cells and organisms, and provides new ways of diagnosing disease, producing antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and chemical feedstocks for industrial processes, reducing industrial contamination of the environment and improving food safety. The study of biotechnology at Aberdeen involves study of...

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Course Content

A degree in Biotechnology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

  • Year 1

In year 1 you will take courses in Medical Sciences and Chemistry for Life Sciences plus additional courses selected from the wide range available from science and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512) - 15 Credit Points

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

In year 2 you will take core courses drawn from Biochemistry (Molecular Biology of the Gene, Energy for Life), Genetics (Genes & Evolution) and Microbiology and Immunology (Microbes, Infection and Immunity) programmes.

Compulsory Courses

Genes and Evolution (BI2017) - 15 Credit Points

Molecular Biology of the Gene (BI20M3) - 15 Credit Points

Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2001) - 15 Credit Points

Energy for Life (BI25M7) - 15 Credit Points

Microbes, Infection and Immunity (BI25M5) - 15 Credit Points

Research Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2501) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 3

In year 3 curriculum in Biotechnology is interdisciplinary. Courses consider both the fundamental science that has enabled the biotechnology industry to develop, and the applications of different biological systems.

Compulsory Courses

Molecular Biology of the Cell (MB3006) - 30 Credit Points

The Molecular Control of Cell Function (BC3503) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Choose one of the following courses:

  • Molecular Microbiology (MC3504)
  • Genetics (GN3502)

Plus select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Molecular Microbiology (MC3504) - 30 Credit Points

Genetics (GN3502) - 30 Credit Points

  • Year 4

The Honours year aims to explore in depth, specific aspects of biotechnology. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

Honours candidates are required to take both a two hour general examination (SM 4901) and a three hour problem solving examination (SM 4902) at the end of the Final Honours Year.

Honours Advanced Molecular Biology (MB4050) - 30 Credit Points

Biotechnology Honours Research Project (BT4501) - 60 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Choose one of the following courses:

  • Honours Biochemistry - Option 1 (BC4014)
  • Honours Genetics - Option 1 (GN4010)
  • Honours Microbiology - Option 1 (MC4014)

AND one of the following courses:

  • Honours Biochemistry - Option 2 (BC4314)
  • Honours Genetics - Option 2 (GN4310)
  • Honours Microbiology - Option 2 (MC4314)

Honours Biochemistry - Option 1 (BC4014) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Genetics - Option 1 (GN4010) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Microbiology Option 1 (MC4014) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Biochemistry - Option 2 (BC4314) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Genetics - Option 2 (GN4310) - 15 Credit Points

Honours Microbiology Option 2 (MC4314) - 15 Credit Points

A degree in Biotechnology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

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 learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

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 learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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