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Bioscience Faculty of Engineering & Science

Bioscience uses science to explain human physiology and disease, and to develop treatments. It is based on the application of science rather than the study of things for their own sake.

The popularity of bioscience degrees is the result of increasing demand for specialist knowledge to enable further scientific breakthroughs to be made, and the rising interest in human-focused study.

A bioscience degree provides a foundation for many careers. Students who have completed this degree have entered medical schools, continued to study for an MSc and PhD, or joined a pharmaceutical company. Careers in publishing and teaching are also common employment routes.

Whatever path you choose, it is guaranteed to be interesting because the bioscience field is constantly changing.


Biotechnology is one of the most demanding and rapidly growing fields of science. Since the discovery of recombinant DNA in the early 1970s, and the subsequent development of both genetic engineering and hybridoma technologies, biotechnology has supported daily life in many ways, ranging from the development of new medicines and drugs (for example insulin for diabetics) to the farming of transgenic plants and animals and the ‘clean-up’ of environmental pollutants.

In global terms, biotechnology is developing rapidly: there is a major emphasis on product- and process-oriented biotechnological research and development for applications in agriculture, industry and the health sector, for the benefit of society.

In addition, there is an awareness of the importance of biotechnology in governments, industry and financial institutions. As a result, many countries, including developing countries, are setting up suitable support institutions and infrastructures.

This growth in research and development activities in biotechnology requires trained personnel, and our programme is intended to address the expanding demand from international and local markets for a named degree focused on biotechnological subjects.

The multi-disciplinary character of a biotechnology degree enables employment opportunities in the fields of research, production, development and manufacturing. With our programme you are likely to work in medicine (biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry), the agriculture/food industries, environmental biotechnology, forensic science, and biostatistics.