Biotechnology involves the manipulation of cells and enzymes to create commercially valuable products.
This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and a toolkit of practical skills to enable you to enter this exciting world of biotechnology. You will learn how cells and enzymes function in order that they can be manipulated to create efficient, cost-effective processes for the industrial generation of innovative products.
Working with our academic staff you will learn how mammalian cells, plants, fungi, bacteria and viruses can be used to develop diverse range of innovative products such as biodegradable plastics using bacteria, genetically engineered salt-tolerant plants, the generation of novel pharmaceutical compounds and strategies to tackle the development of antibiotic resistance.
In order to achieve the above you will develop knowledge, understanding and practical competence in how to genetically modify cells, to be able to grow a diverse range of cell types including the use of computer-controlled fermenters and to be able to process materials from cells including enzymes as useful products.
You will also explore the social consequences of the impacts of biotechnology on society, considering the benefits and risks connected with recombinant DNA experiments and the use or release of genetically modified organisms and their products.
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Year 1 consists of an introduction to plant biology, animal biology and microbiology. It also provides insight in to the molecular basis of diseases and the chemistry that underpins the study and application of Biotechnology.
Year 2 expands on many of the themes introduced in year 1 and focuses on organismal, cellular and molecular aspects of plant, animal and microbial life forms and their application in Biotechnology. This year also includes two practical skills modules where the theory is put in to a practical context, involving recombinant DNA technology, separation of biomolecules and tissue culture techniques. Aspects of career development and research study skills are also incorporated.
Placement Year this is an optional, but strongly recommended part of the degree in which students can develop practical experience of biotechnology most often in the private sector.
Final year this year covers current and future developments in topics such as gene manipulation, plant biotechnology and microbial biotechnology. You also undertake an Honours research project of your choice, with many students opting projects that support the current applied research and consultancy work being undertaken by the academic staff.
More detail on course content can be found in the Biotechnology Course Guide
· All our state-of-the-art laboratories are located in a brand new £21m building, the Rosalind Franklin Science Centre with a diverse range of specialist facilities including genetic and molecular analysis and product analysis, and facilities for growing cells, including a separate fermentation suite.
· Biotechnology, teaching and research, has been a core science subject at Wolverhampton for over 25 years.
· Our academic staff consist of experienced teachers and researchers who engage in applied research and consultancy work regionally, nationally and internationally. Consequently they are enthusiastic about their subject and understand the graduate requirements of the biotechnology industry.
· Many of the staff have close links with businesses and have been involved in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in which they have transferred their knowledge and capability to help regional businesses create new products or services.
· Our teaching has been rated ‘Excellent’ by the Quality Assurance Agency (23/24).
· Each student is allocated a personal tutor and learning support is offered in many different forms including all lecture material available online in addition to videos demonstrating the practical skills to be learnt - our student support has been highly praised by both external and University assessors.
Having chosen to study biotechnology, a wide range of careers within the life sciences awaits you. Research and development opportunities will be open to you, such as working for multinational biological, agricultural, agrochemical and pharmaceutical companies, food and drink industries and specialist biotechnology companies. In addition, you could gain employment in the fields of consultancy and teaching, or become a business research scientist, a skilled technician in industrial and food research institutions.
The skills you learn can also be applied to a wide range of non-scientific careers. You could pursue a wide range of other occupations including retail management and public services.
There is also the opportunity to study for a higher degree, for example MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
As a biotechnology graduate you will have a broad overview of biological sciences set in a biotechnological context and an enhanced range of generic skills in numeracy and literacy which will enable you to pursue a career in science, education and a multitude of other professions.
Recognised by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of associate membership.
International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.