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University of Aberdeen

Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology)

UCAS Code: J701
MSci (Hons) 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

83%

Subjects
  • Biotechnology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£27.8k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB. To include AB from Chemistry and Biology. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB, to include AB From Chemistry and Biology.

Scottish Highers
AAAB

A minimum of 4 Highers at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAAAB obtained over two sittings. To include AB from Chemistry and Biology.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAB

For entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 Advanced Highers at AAB, to include AB from Chemistry and Biology.

BTEC Diploma
DDD

Science.

International Baccalaureate
34

A minimum of 34 points, with 6 points at HL required in Chemistry and Biology. For Second Year Entry, a minimum of 36 points, with 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and Biology.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

83%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Biotechnology is the application of biology to improve the quality of human life. It is a technology based on the unique properties of biological molecules, cells and organisms and provides new ways of diagnosing disease, producing antibiotics and other chemicals, reducing industrial contamination of the environment and improving food safety.

Modules

Level 1: Biology and chemistry; genetics and microbiology. Level 2: Biochemistry. Level 3: Biotechnology: fundamental science that has enabled the biotechnology industry to develop, and the applications of different biological systems; molecular biology; 1-year period of research in an appropriate industrial laboratory. Level 4: Biotechnology: advanced study of various aspects of the fundamental knowledge that underpin biotechnology; research project.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
31%
69%

Year 1

37%
63%

Year 2

31%
69%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

11%
89%

Year 5

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
39%
56%
5%

Year 1

49%
47%
4%

Year 2

64%
36%

Year 3

80%
20%

Year 4

39%
52%
9%

Year 5

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction Not Available
Student score Not Available

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
72% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
47% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
418 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £27.8k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

6%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

50%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
This is a new and emerging field of technology and not many people completed degrees in biotechnology last year – it’s more common as a Masters degree. Further study is common for graduates as research jobs usually require a postgraduate qualification. Those who do go straight into work typically go into a range of biology and lab jobs in several different industries.
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