Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary subject that brings together aspects of chemistry, biology and cell biology and is one of the most demanding and rapidly growing fields in science. Since the discovery of recombinant DNA in the early 1970s and the subsequent development of genetic engineering technologies, it 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 as well as the clean-up of environmental pollutants.
The courses are carefully tailored to cover the knowledge gap in fields such as gene therapy, drug design, genomics, proteomics, genetic engineering for plants, animals and micro-organisms, bioinformatics and fermentation technology. Our programme seeks to graduate biotechnologists who are armed not only with the academic knowledge but also with the skills and abilities to work in the challenging biotechnology industries.
The aims of the programme are:
- To equip students with the scientific background and laboratory experience necessary for employment as well-educated biotechnologists in fields of biotechnology, including medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, environmental and industrial biotechnology
- To develop graduates who have a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem-solving in the field of biotechnology
- To prepare graduates to work independently and use initiative to solve the diverse problems they may encounter.