Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biotechnology  JPT/BPP(MQA/PA2343)12/17

What is Biotechnology? Biotechnology is a field of applied biology that involves using living organisms, from microorganisms to plants and animals, to make or improve existing products. It is an interdisciplinary science that incorporates elements of biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, physics and mathematics.

The Malaysian Government has recognized biotechnology as one of the key strategic drivers to propel the country’s social and economic development in pursuit of the status of a developed nation. It is estimated that by 2020, the biotech industry will contribute RM48 billion of Gross National Income (GNI), creating 170,000 new job opportunities and capturing investment of RM50 billion.  Malaysia’s rich biodiversity; strong governmental support and commitment in R&D provide a solid base for further developments in the biotech sector.

Realising the great demand and job openings in the near future for Biotechnology graduates, Quest International University Perak (QIUP)’s Biotechnology Degree Programme aim to produce quality graduates with the right skill sets. The QIUP B. Sc. (Hons) degree in Biotechnology with specialisations in agriculture, healthcare and industrial biotechnology will indeed produce skilled Biotech graduates the nation needs to develop a full-fledged innovation ecosystem that will further amplify our economic transformation drive.

The programme ensures that QIUP’s graduates benefit from a six-month industrial training stint and another half-year carrying out a hands on research project, thus equipping them with the right technical and soft skills needed in today’s workforce.

The curriculum provides comprehensive knowledge both in basic and applied sciences coupled with relevant hands-on-training during laboratory sessions. The extra value-added benefits include intensive training in language, presentation and communication skills as well as a solid grounding on safe and responsible usage of modern biotech equipment and sufficient exposure to business practices, ensuring our graduates  will be able to utilise  their knowledge via innovative applications encapsulated within appropriate bio-entrepreneurship ventures. Throughout the programme, students will gradually become aware of how to build up their emotional quotient to acquire a good understanding of human relations while taking on socio-economic responsibilities towards good citizenship.

The areas for potential career opportunities are many, including:

  • Agriculture, Food Science, Biofuel Technologist
  • Cell Tissue Culture Technologist
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Environmental Conservationist
  • Food Safety Expert
  • Genomics Expert
  • Instrumentation Expert
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Microbiologist in Medical Laboratories
  • Microbiologist in the Food Industry
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Food Quality Control Technologist
  • Process (Downstream/Upstream) Technologist
  • Water Quality Technologist
  • Research Scientist Academician
  • Food Technologist
  • Science Teacher / Scientific Officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Biosafety Expert
  • Science Writer / Journalist
  • Patient + IPR Officer

Programme content

The following courses make up the Bachelor Of Science (Hons) In Biotechnology (PA 2343) programme curriculum:

Matapelajaran Pengajian Umum (MPU)

 Local

  • Hubungan Etnik
  • TITAS
  • Communication Skills / Bahasa Kebangsaan A
  • Malaysian Economy
  • Community Service

International

  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2
  • Malaysian Studies
  • Communication Skills
  • Malaysian Economy
  • Community Service
University Courses
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • Understanding Human Behaviour
  • Co-Curriculum Activities
Compulsory Courses
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Form and Function: Higher Plants and  Animals
  • Biostatistics
  • Computer Theory and Application
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Microbiology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Plant In Vitro Culture and Development
  • Bioinformatics 1
  • Animal Cell Culture and Development
  • Immunology
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Research Methodology and Data Analysis
  • Biochemistry 2
  • Recombinant DNA and Genetic Modification
  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Scientific Writing
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Bioethics, Biosafety and Bioregulation
  • Bio Entrepreneurship
  • Reasearch Project
  • Industrial Training
Specialisations Courses Agricultural Biotechnology

  • Plant Physiology
  • Animal Physiology
  • Plant Breeding
  • Crop Physiology & Biotechnology
  • Postharvest Physiology, Storage and Biotechnology
  • Plant Pathology and  Biotechnology

Industrial Biotechnology

  • Microbial Physiology
  • Marine and Aquatic Biology & Biotechnology
  • Animal Breeding
  • Advanced Fermentation Technology
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Genomics and Proteomics
Healthcare Biotechnology

  • Animal Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Animal Breeding
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Advanced  Immunology and Immunogenetics
  • Genomics and Proteomics
Elective Courses (To choose one course in Year 2 and two courses in Year 3)
  • Animal Breeding
  • Enzyme and Protein Technology
  • Plant Breeding
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Bioinformatics 2
  • Genomics and Proteomics
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Introduction to Forensic Science and Analysis
  • Nutrition and Food Science

Minimum entry requirements

Examinations Requirements
Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) Pass in STPM with a full pass in two subjects with a minimum CGPA of 2.00
General Certificate of Education
Advanced (“A”) levels
Pass in A-level with at least a grade C in two subjects
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) Pass in Unified Certificate (UEC) with at least Grade B in 5 subjects
QIUP Foundation in Science Pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.00
SAM / AUSMAT / CPU Pass with minimum marks of 60%
Matriculation / Foundation Pass in Matriculation / Foundation Programme in a relevant field from any recognised HEP with a minimum CGPA of 2.00
Diploma in any Science-related areas Pass Diploma in a related field from a HEP recognised by the Malaysian Government with a minimum CGPA of 2.00
International Baccalaureate (IB) Minimum of 20 marks
Other Qualifications Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Government of Malaysia
  •  The university reserves the right to make the final decision on acceptance into a university degree programme.

Intakes: 3 intakes in a year

Duration: Full-time – 4 years

Assessment
Students’ ability is gauged both through continuous assessments and a final exam. The continuous assessment component comprises tests / quizzes, mid-term examination, laboratory works, field trips reports / presentation, and projects / assignments / case studies which accounts for an allocation of about 40% marks depending on the course. The balance of the marks is allocated for the final examination.