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Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Biotechnology

Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary field that combines the knowledge of biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, engineering and mathematics. It involves the use of living organisms together with various modern technologies to improve existing products or to produce new ones for the benefit of mankind and the environment.


Our 4-year Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biotechnology programme places an emphasis on current advances in biotechnology that increase agricultural yield, prevent/cure ailments, produce a healthier & cleaner environment and minimise hazardous waste production in industries. Students will be introduced to modern high-end laboratories equipped with the latest Biotechnology instruments. In their final year of studies, a mini project will be assigned to each student to hone their research, innovation and problem-solving skills to gain self-confidence during real-world experiences. This will be followed by 6 months of internship at Biotechnology companies or universities as practical training in an actual working environment.


The curriculum, delivered by experienced professional academics and industry experts, will enhance the students’ understanding of Biotechnology and real-life industry-related issues, equipping them with bio-entrepreneurship knowledge, presentation skills, and leadership qualities to succeed in their careers. Students graduating from the B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology programme at QIU armed with these additional qualities and their knowledge in the current trends in Biotechnology will be outstanding candidates for even the most challenging of jobs.


Career Prospects:


Career opportunities for young Biotechnologists are broad and promising in the areas of agriculture, healthcare, industry, and others. They include the following positions:

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

General Studies Subjects 



  • Hubungan Etnik
  • Communication Skills / Bahasa Kebangsaan A
  • Media and Community
  • Community Service



  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2
  • Malaysian Studies
  • Communication Skills
  • Media and Community
  • Community Service
University Courses 

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Devices, Networks & Applications
  • Disciplined Entrepreneurship
  • Design Thinking
  • Co-curriculum Activities
Compulsory Courses
  • Chemistry for Biologists
  • Biostatistics
  • Genetics
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Form and Function: Higher Plants and Animals
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics 1
  • Plant In Vitro Tissue Culture and Development
  • Animal Cell Culture and Development
  • Immunology
  • Fermentation Technology
  • Research Methodology and Data Analysis
  • Biochemistry 2
  • Recombinant DNA and Genetic Modification
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Scientific Writing
  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Bioethics, Biosafety and Bioregulation
  • Research Project
  • Industrial Training
Specialisation CoursesSpecialisation


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
  • Medical Entomology
  • 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
  • Medical Entomology
  • Introduction to Forensic Science and Analysis
  • Nutrition and Food Science

English Proficiency for International Students 

IELTS 5.0 OR Band 3 in MUET OR its equivalent.

Matriculation / Foundation / Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) 

Pass with a minimum of Grade C (GPA 2.00) in any two (2) subjects, or its equivalent; and possess SPM with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject and one any other subject, or its equivalent

Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) 

Pass with a minimum grade of Jayyid, or its equivalent; and possess SPM with three (3) credits in Mathematics, one science subject and one other subject, or its equivalent.


Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)


Pass with at least grade B in five (5) subjects including Mathematics

Recognised Diploma in a related field 

A Diploma (Level 4, MQF) in a related field with a minimum CGPA of 2.00, or its equivalent.


Note: The credit requirement at SPM level for candidate in categories (i), (iii) and (iv) can be waived should the grades obtained at the STPM / STAM / Diploma / Matriculation / Foundation level are equivalent/higher.

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