The BSc (Hons) Biotechnology programme is designed specifically for students interested in the areas related to Biotechnology and its applications, especially in the fields of healthcare and medicine, industry, environment and agriculture. Throughout the programme students will understand the processes of life and how to improve or modify them in order to enhance desired characteristics that are applicable. In addition to the knowledge, students will also develop transferable skills including laboratory techniques, data analysis, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and IT, preparing them for further study or employment in fields related to Biotechnology.
Biotechnologists use biological organisms to create and improve products and processes in fields such as medicine, agriculture, industry and environmental conservation. They study physiochemical and genetic attributes of cells, tissues and organisms, and identify their applicability. Biotechnologists use cutting edge technologies such as genetic modification and nanotechnology in addition to developing new medicine, therapies and diagnostic methods; using bacteria and enzymes in food production and waste treatment; and cross-breeding plants and animals to obtain beneficial characteristics.
Students who successfully complete the HND in Biotechnology, can transfer to a Northumbria University Biotechnology Degree.