A degree in Biotechnology will provide students with the training and skills needed to succeed in the area of controlled and deliberate manipulation of biological systems for the manufacture of products such as antibiotics, industrial chemicals and genetically modified crops. In the UK, Biotechnology provides a firm basis for pursuing a career in any aspect of science.
Biotechnology modules can include biotechnology and management, environmental biotechnology, food biotechnology, pharmaceutical science, biological chemistry, drug discovery, molecular biology, cell biology, proteins and enzymes, genes and genomics, protein structure and function, immunology and biochemical and chemical engineering. Many Biotechnology courses offer sandwich placements in the industry, with world leaders such Astrazeneca, Avecia, Glaxosmithkline, Unilever and Syngenta all maintaining close links with universities in the UK.
There are around 450 biotech companies in the UK, employing around 21,000 people. UK companies account for 35% of products (drug development in Biotechnology) in Europe, and also 41% of new drug development in late stage clinical trials.
Biotechnology graduates will find roles in the areas of molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, drug discovery, immunology and other sciences. Careers also exist in quality assurance, medicine and food production and downstream processing.
Biotechnology applicants must have studied chemistry, plus one other science subject (although not mandatory at all universities) alongside maths. An ideal combination would be chemistry and two further science subjects.
Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.
To learn more about the best Biotechnology courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Biosciences universities in the Guardian University Guide 2020 below:
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