Fact file - 2014 entry
Type and duration:3 year UG
A level offer: ABB-BBB
Required subjects: at least two science subjects at A level (one of which must be biology; other subjects usually include chemistry, physics or maths but can include geography and, exceptionally, psychology), and an additional A level or equivalent
IB score: 30-32 (including specified grades in science subjects and English language)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 25
Campus: Sutton Bonington Campus
Biotechnology aims to apply the latest molecular techniques to modern-day problems in industrial and environmental situations. Fundamental research in these areas will help to shape the development of the industrial world.
You will study plant, animal and microbial sciences, underpinned by biochemistry, genetics, computing and some applied aspects of agriculture, environmental science and food science.
Our flexible course provides the opportunity to specialise in areas which are of greatest interest to you in years 2 and 3 in either the plant, animal or microbial areas of biotechnology.
Final year research project
Nottingham's international reputation for research excellence enables us to teach at the cutting edge of biotechnology. Students particularly benefit from this during the final year when they undertake their own research project. Students work in close collaboration with research-active scientists on problems of real significance, making use of the considerable research expertise and facilities available on campus.
During the first year, you will study core modules in Biochemistry, Genetics and Cell Biology, Whole Organism Biology, Animal Physiology, Plant Science and Microbial Physiology. There is also the opportunity to choose other suitable modules according to your individual interests in the animal, plant or microbial areas.
Core modules include Mammalian Biochemistry, Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Pharming. During the second and third year, the number of optional modules increases.
You may choose to specialise entirely in animal, plant or microbial biotechnology; your research project is also undertaken in one of these subject areas.
Industry Placement year
You can take advantage of an optional industry placement between years two and three of your degree. This year-long placement as a paid employee allows you to develop a range of skills and enhance your employment prospects. Read more
International Study Options
Malaysia option: Students on this degree may have the opportunity to study for one semester or one year at the University's Malaysia Campus. Read more
Combining Biotechnology with a Certificate in European Studies (C1RY) offers the opportunity to follow your degree in another European country.
Students can apply for a Universitas 21 placement at one of our partner universities enabling study periods at a variety of overses locations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and China.
A levels: ABB-BBB, including at least two science subjects at A level (one of which must be biology; other can be maths or geography), and an additional A level or equivalent.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 79 (minimum 17 in listening and writing, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking)
For details please see alternative qualifications page
Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Notes for applicants
Our modular courses are flexible and offer the opportunity to combine your main studies with modules in other subject areas (please note that all modules are subject to change).
Scholarships - for details of scholarships, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
More detailed information on course structure and modules.
Typical year-one modules
Genetics and Cell Biology
Whole Organism Biology
Data Transfer, Analysis and Presentation
Typical year-two modules
Molecular Pharming: Assessing the Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
Typical year-three modules
You may choose to specialise entirely in animal, plant or microbial biotechnology. Your research project will be undertaken in one of these subject areas.
Your research project will run throughout the final year. This project encourages critical thinking and involves independent research in a supportive environment, a literature survey, and data handling, analysis and interpretation.
Many of these projects are carried out in collaboration with research institutes and industrial partners, and many of the inventions arising from research at Nottingham have led to patents being granted and the development of successful commercial products.
Recent research projects include:
Use of DGGE and FISH to examine bacterial populations
Impact of compaction stress on Arabidopsis ecotypes
Involvement of acetylcholine in mediating analgesic action of opioids
Use of phage to infect bacteria internalised within leafy herbs
Carotenoid mutants and RNAi plants
Read BURN the Biosciences Undergraduate Research at Nottingham web pages to find out more about undergraduate research projects. BURN is a freely accessible e-journal which showcases final-year research projects undertaken by biosciences students.
Typical optional modules
Biotechnology in Animal Physiology
The Microflora of Foods
Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
Plant Cell Signalling
Reproduction and Fertility
Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants
By the end of the course you will have a sound knowledge of fundamental cell and molecular biology and its application to biotechnology, ensuring you are prepared for careers in industrial or academic research or related commerce. Through your research project you will have developed specialist knowledge in an area of your choice, and transferable skills including data analysis and presentation, effective communication and independent study.
In recent years graduates have found employment as:
Research workers in industrial and government research institutes
Advisors in management, sales, and marketing
Teachers and lecturers in schools and higher education
Financial and business consultants
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the School of Biosciences was £18,111.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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