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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

MSc Biotechnology is a postgraduate taught programme that aims to address global challenges in the area of food security, reduce hunger, bioproduction and bioprocesses for industrial applications, novel drug discovery and therapeutic biotechnology. Students are expected to attend to all lectures and formal teaching sessions as prescribed. All lecture materials will be made available online through Moodle to allow students unlimited access to the programme content both on and off campus.


Why choose this course?

This programme deepens the understanding of fundamental and applied concepts in Biotechnology such as antimicrobial drug resistance, plant/crop improvements, genetic engineering techniques, bioprocessing, synthetic biology and bioinformatics. It embeds an expectation that students will undertake their research projects with an industrial partner, as a significant element of the degree qualification. This aspect would provide an invaluable real-life work-based experience and skills for prospective students.

Course content

lecture/tutorial/lab/field work/studio/blended learning/e-learning, etc.): lecture, tutorial, practical/lab sessions, industrial visits, blended-learning  


  • Basic laboratory Techniques
  • Advance Molecular Methods in Biotechnology
  • Cell Factories
  • MSc Pre-Project (Yearlong)
  • Professional Skills for Biotechnologists
  • Industry-Focus Studies
  • MSc Pre project
  • MSc Postgraduate Research Project

Optional Modules

  • Advanced Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology
  • Advance Postharvest Technology
  • Genetics and Advanced Breeding in Crop Plants
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Other related modules

  • Advanced Biochemical Engineering
  • Therapeutic Immunology
  • Cancer Biology

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

At least a second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Biotechnology, Agricultural Sciences, Microbial Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, or subjects related to life sciences. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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

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)

PTE (Academic):

65 (with no less than 59 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

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.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision
  • Field trips
  • Lab sessions

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation
  • Essays
  • Research project
  • Practical write-ups

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.


Malaysian studentsRM49,120 per programme
International studentsRM53,130 per programme


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


MSc Biotechnology graduates go on to work in a diverse range of roles and markets with job titles including the research scientists in institutes and biotechnology companies; lecturers and teachers; technical and sales positions in the biotechnology industry; intellectual property advisers; laboratory officers; advisors in management or consultancy, entrepreneurs and science writers, as well as administrative positions in oil palm state and other plant and food industries.

The University has an established Careers Advisory Service (CAS) that provides students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our CAS will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers or training opportunities.

Our graduates are highly sought after by both local and multinational employers. The skills and knowledge gained from our MSc Biotechnology degree are widely applied in various industries. Many have also continued their studies at postgraduate doctorate level and upon graduation have worked as researchers and academicians in either public or private higher learning institutions.

This content was last updated on 06 January 2023. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.