University of Nottingham Malaysia

Biotechnology BSc Hons


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Qualification: BSc (Hons)
Fees: Malaysian – RM45,600 per year, Non-Malaysian – RM53,800 per year
Mode: Full-time, 3 years
Intake: September
Campus: Malaysia

Course overview

Biotechnology aims to apply the latest molecular approaches to develop technologies and novel products to address modern-day problems in food production, healthcare, industrial and environmental sectors. This degree emphasizes on applications of recent biotechnological advances to reduce hunger, combat diseases, produce cleaner energy and to develop more efficient manufacturing processes. Topics covered include genomics and proteomics, genetic engineering and modifications of microorganisms, crops and animals, detection of food pathogens and development of novel industrial products, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals. The course allows a high degree of specialisation into various areas of biotechnology in years two and three. Specialistareas include plant, microbial/industrial, medical/pharmaceutical biotechnology. The course includes an optional industrial placement in year 2, which will enable you to gain industry experience, crucial for your career development and employment. In year 3, you will carry out a research project which will help to develop specialist knowledge in an area of your choice and transferable skills including data analysis and presentation, effective communication and independent thinking.

Entry requirements

Our Foundation course route

Our Foundation courses give you another way to study for an undergraduate degree. 

Entry requirements

A Level

BBC, including biology and chemistry, excluding critical thinking and general studies.

IB Diploma

28 points with 5,5,4 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry


B+B+B including biology and chemistry, excluding Pengajian Am


1 A and 4 B3s, including biology and chemistry, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language


ATAR 82 (including biology and chemistry)

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)


77% average based on 6 subjects including Biology and Chemistry. Consideration to be made based on relevant individual grades if specific subjects are required.

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University's requirements

Advance Placement (AP) 4,4,3 including AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.
Diploma - Other Institutions  Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

Foundation - Other Institutions 

Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements to the programme

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation

Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme.

In addition to the  entry requirements listed above, applicants must have credits in mathematics, one science subject and one in any other subject at SPM/GCSE/IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent  for an entry to Biotechnology. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained similar or equivalent grades at a higher level.

We strongly encourage all interested students to apply. Our students come to us with a diverse range of qualifications and we also consider applicants' personal statement, references and interview performance (if you have one) when making a decision.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 

6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)


79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening,18 in reading, 20 in Speaking) 

GCE A Level English Language or Literature:

grade C

GCE AS Level English Language or Literature:

grade C

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)


grade B+ 

1119 (GCE O): 

grade C 

GCSE O Level: 

grade C 

IGCSE (first language):

grade C

IGCSE (second language):

grade B


grade B3 

IB English A1 or A2 (SL or HL):  

4 points 


Band 3

IB English B HL: 

4 points 

IB English B SL:  

5 points 

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


The Foundation in Science is a 1+3 year programme that results in direct progression to the undergraduate degrees offered within the Faculty of Science. This rigorous programme provides students with a strong academic background that will result in enhanced language, mathematics, critical thinking and study skills.  

Students on this programme also chose from a range of elective modules that provide the opportunity to sample topics related to their chosen undergraduate pathway such as chemistry, ecology, computer programming or psychology.


Year one

Typical core modules

  • Animal Biology
  • Applied Genetics
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life
  • Bioscience Tutorials (Academic Development)
  • Genes and Cells
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Microbes and You
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • The Biosciences and Global Food Security

Year two

Typical core modules

  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biology and the Dynamic Cell
  • Molecular Pharming and Biotechnology
  • Professional Skills for Brioscientist

Typical optional modules

  • Applied Plant Physiology: From Cell to Crop
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Introductory Plant Pathology
  • Microbial Mechanisms of Foodborne Diseases
  • Molecular Techniques in Biosciences
  • Principles of Immunology
  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Genes
  • Structure, Function and Analysis of Proteins

 Year three

Typical core modules

  • Applied Bioethics: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and Environment
  • Basic Introducion to Omic Technologies
  • Commercialisation in Biotechnology
  • Current Issues in Biotechnology
  • Undergraduate Research Project

Typical optional modules

  • Advanced Postharvest Technology (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Applied Bioethics: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and Environment
  • Basic Introduction to Omic Technologies
  • Biotechnology in Animal Physiology
  • Commercialisation in Biotechnology
  • Current Issues in Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Fundamental and Applied Aspect of Plant Genetic Manipulation
  • Marketing Management
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Molecular Plant Pathology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Plants and Their Environment




The combination of specialist topics you choose in your second and third years will influence the career opportunities available to you. In recent years, many of our graduates have found employment in a range of careers including research workers in industrial and government research organisations; advisors in management, sales and marketing; forensic biologists with law enforcement agencies; science advisors for lawmakers; science journalists and writers; teachers and lecturers in schools and higher learning institutions; and consultants in in biotechnology related industries.

Many graduates have chosen to continue their studies and undertake further research training to MSc, MPhil or PhD level at The University of Nottingham or elsewhere.


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Jalan Broga,
43500 Semenyih,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,
t:   +6 (03) 8924 8000  
f:   +6 (03) 8924 8005 
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