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University of Aberdeen

Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology) with Industrial Placement

UCAS Code: J701
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Biotechnology
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
Average graduate salary
£25.8k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

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. Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.

Scottish Highers

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. Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 34 points, to include 6 points at HL from Chemistry and Biology. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 36 points, to include 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and Biology. A minimum of Standard level in English and Maths required.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 126 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


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


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 a technology based on the unique properties of biological molecules, cells and organisms, and provides new ways of diagnosing disease, producing antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and chemical feedstocks for industrial processes, reducing industrial contamination of the environment and improving food safety. The study of biotechnology at Aberdeen involves study of microbiology, biochemistry and genetics. Knowledge of all three subjects is crucial in an area where microorganisms are frequently being genetically engineered to perform novel or enhanced biochemical reactions, and will become increasingly important as synthetic biology is used throughout biotechnological processes. The potential of biotechnology to provide new health products, new fuels such as hydrogen, advances in agriculture and management of the environment (eg. oil spill clean-up) is immense but at present only partly tapped. Biotechnology is well-placed to contribute significantly to future sustainable technology development. In your fourth year you will undertake a year's industrial placement and graduate after five years with an MSci (an undergraduate Masters degree) instead of a BSc. Placements vary considerably but in general terms, you will be placed in an industrial, commercial or research environment where you will obtain a breadth of practical experience to complement your degree programme and enhance your employability.


A degree in Biotechnology is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

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

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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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 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £25.8k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are engineering professionals


Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians


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, but a good grade can be particularly important for this qualification, so bear that in mind.
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