Biotechnology BSc

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

Why study Biotechnology at Shrewsbury?

This course is for you if you:

  • have an interest in how organisms can be cultured and manipulated to provide useful foods and drugs
  • wish to study how to optimise product development and purification
  • want to understand how we can manipulate genes or gene expression to improve production of useful compounds
  • want to contribute effectively to ethical issues associated with biotechnology.

 

Features:

During this course, you will:

  • help shape the future of biotechnology
  • study the manipulation of living organisms in the birthplace of Darwin, walk Darwin’s thinking path at The Mount while pondering how we can use the principles of evolution to improve food and drug production, and sit in the library where Darwin was schooled.

Please note, this course is also available with a Foundation Year.

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

The first year provides a foundation for study in Years 2 and 3, and a comprehensive review of key concepts and skills for students with a range of backgrounds. You will gain the core discipline knowledge and competency within the laboratory environment, as well as essential practical techniques. Modules include:

  • Genetics and Evolution provides a theoretical and practical examination of the origins and diversity of living organisms. You will be introduced to genetic theory and the evidence of the evolutionary origins of species diversity.
  • Cell Biology will introduce you to the components of the cell, how they interact and how we can study them in action.
  • The Molecules of Life introduces the basic building blocks of life – carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. It shows the importance of these molecules to the physical and chemical processes taking place in living systems, such as membrane transport, electron transport, enzymatic catalysis, and protein folding.
  • Infection and Immunity provides an introduction to microbiology and immunology. It describes the range of microbes that can affect human health and how the immune system responds to these organisms.
  • Human Physiology provides grounding in the principles of human physiology and the development of relevant practical skills. We will examine the physiology of processes such as respiration and reproduction in an evolutionary context.
  • Research Methods will introduce you to the scientific method, experimental design, the basic operations underlying both mathematical and statistical approaches to data preparation, analysis and presentation.

Year 2 (Level 5)

In Year 2, you will take modules that involve enhanced skills and study key concepts in greater detail, building on the foundations established in the first year. Many of the topics are extended in the third year. You will study the following modules:

  • Metabolic Regulation builds on previous knowledge of biochemistry and physiology, and develops an understanding of internal and external factors that regulate metabolic pathways.
  • Applied Molecular Biology aims to introduce aspects of molecular techniques used in current genetic research and in screening for diseases, and to develop your understanding of the major principles, concepts and skills in genetics through study at the cytological and molecular levels.
  • Human Genetics examines the types of human genetic disease and their molecular basis. Chromosomal abnormalities, single gene and multi-gene defects will be discussed with a focus on detection and treatment.
  • Microbiology looks in detail at the growth and nutrition of a range of types of microorganism. We aim to develop an understanding of the interactions between microorganisms and the environment and selected environmental health issues relevant to water and food microbiology.
  • Microbial Genetics will examine the different genetic systems in organisms ranging from bacteria, viruses and the protozoa. We will look at genomic analysis and the varying regulatory systems that can be found in these organisms.
  • Applied Laboratory Skills provides an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained during your degree studies to the professional laboratory setting. You will complete a set of practicals each week of relevance to your individual interests.

Year 3 (Level 6)

The final-year modules integrate the key concepts addressed within the first and second year, and heightens awareness of current advances and practice in the discipline of your choice. You will complete a 40-credit Research Dissertation in your chosen discipline, in addition to one of the listed optional modules plus the following three compulsory modules:

  • Gene Regulation
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Current Topics in Biotechnology

Plus:

  • Cell Membrane Biology or Protein Interactions

How will I be taught?

Teaching will be in the form of lectures, tutorial and seminar sessions and laboratory-based practicals.

In the first and second years contact hours will average 20-24 hours each week.  In the final year, contact time is reduced as the requirement for private study increases. 

 

Assessment

The assessment package for each module can include examination and coursework. The proportion of each will vary between modules, and the coursework may comprise a written report, a case study, a literature review, a poster or an oral presentation. The research dissertation will be assessed by the submission of a 4,000-word research paper.

Careers

As a graduate, you may be sought after as research scientist, or within sales by pharmaceutical companies. You will also be well placed for continuing in to postgraduate study, and suitable Masters Programmes are available through the University of Chester’s Institute of Medicine: www.chester.ac.uk/medicine

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

A minimum of 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent including one of GCE A Level Chemistry, Biology or Science

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma/BTEC Diploma Applied Science

Irish/Scottish

BBBB including Biology or Chemistry

International Baccalaureate

26 points, including 5 or above in HL Chemistry or Biology

QAA

Access to HE (Science) Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

OCR

OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above

Extra Information

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

Course content enquiries

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