Biotechnology study in UK

Biotechnology in the UK

Career options, entry requirements and rankings for Biotechnology.

UK Biotechnology Courses

Introduction to Biotechnology

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.

Graduate Biotechnology Careers

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 Entry Requirements

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.

  • Undergraduate Entry Requirements
    • Successful completion of minimum one year's Bachelor’s from a recognized university with a minimum 65%.
  • Postgraduate Entry Requirements
    • Applicants with a four-year undergraduate degree (for example, BA/BSC Hons) can apply for direct entry onto a postgraduate course.
  • 2:2 Honors Degree or Above
    • 4 year BA/BSc with min 2.5 GPA or MA/MSc 2nd Division (min 62.5% following a 2 year BA/BSc).
  • 2:1 honors degree or above
    • 4 year BA/BSc with min 3.0 GPA or MA/MSc 1st Division (above 75% following a 2 year BA/BSc)
  • IELTS
    • 6.5 Overall, with no lower than 6.0 in any one component.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: 
    • ABB including science subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics or maths.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university. If you are interested in learning more about Entry Requirements, arrange your free consultation today.

 

Where can I study Biotechnology in the UK?

To learn more about the best Biotechnology courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Biotechnology universities in the Guardian University Guide 2019 below:

RankUniversityLocation
1 University of St Andrews St Andrews, Scotland
2 University of Oxford Oxford, England
3 University of Cambridge Cambridge, England
4 University of Warwick Coventry, England
5 Ulster University Ulster, Northern Ireland
6 University of Dundee Dundee, Scotland
7 University of York York, England
8 University of Durham Durham, England
9 University of Portsmouth Portsmouth, England
10 University of Surrey Guildford, England

 

Do you need assistance in applying to Cambridge, Oxford or UCL? The Oxbridge Service will fully prepare you in your application to some of the best universities in the world with intense interview practice and expert personal statement advice.

Apply to study Biotechnology

If you are interested in studying Biotechnology in the UK, arrange your free consultation today. Don't forget the Premium Service will guarantee you at least one offer from a UK university!

SI-UK's service is fast, reliable and efficient. Their consultants are specialists, working closely with all UK universities and, through my consultants' advice and application assistance, I was able to receive offers from my favoured universities.

Carla Termini King's College London, Accounting and Finance

  • Study at University of Glasgow
  • Study at University of Kent
  • Study at University of Oxford
  • Study at University of East Anglia
  • Study at London School of Economics
  • Study at Kings College London
  • Study at University of Liverpool