Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology | UWC

APS Required



3 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree





  • Minimum 33 UWC APS
  • English: Code 4 (Home or First Additional Language)
  • Any other language: Code 3 (Home or First Additional)
  • Maths Code 4 or Maths Literacy Code 6
  • Physical Sciences OR Life Sciences Code 4

Career Prospects

  1. Biotechnologist: Conduct research and development activities in biotechnology laboratories, focusing on areas such as genetic engineering, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and bioprocessing. Biotechnologists design and perform experiments, analyze biological data, develop new biotechnological products or processes, and contribute to scientific publications and patents in fields such as medicine, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology.
  2. Biomedical Scientist: Work in healthcare settings, research laboratories, or diagnostic laboratories, conducting biomedical research, developing medical devices, or performing diagnostic tests and procedures to diagnose, treat, or prevent diseases and medical conditions. Biomedical scientists investigate the mechanisms of disease, develop therapeutic interventions, and evaluate the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostic technologies.
  3. Biochemist: Study the chemical processes and molecules involved in biological systems, such as proteins, enzymes, DNA, and metabolic pathways, to understand biological functions, mechanisms of disease, and cellular processes. Biochemists conduct biochemical research, analyze biomolecules, develop biochemical assays, and apply biochemical principles to develop new drugs, therapies, and biotechnological applications in fields such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and biomedicine.
  4. Microbiologist: Study microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, to understand their biology, ecology, and interactions with other organisms and the environment. Microbiologists conduct microbiological research, isolate and characterize microorganisms, investigate microbial pathogens and infectious diseases, and develop microbial products, biotechnologies, and biocontrol strategies for applications in healthcare, agriculture, and environmental protection.
  5. Geneticist: Investigate the genetic basis of traits, diseases, and biological processes by studying genes, genomes, and genetic variation in organisms. Geneticists conduct genetic research, analyze genetic data, identify genetic markers, and explore genetic mechanisms underlying inherited disorders, evolutionary processes, and biological diversity, using techniques such as DNA sequencing, genotyping, and genetic engineering.
  6. Environmental Biotechnologist: Apply biotechnological approaches to address environmental challenges, such as pollution remediation, waste management, and natural resource conservation. Environmental biotechnologists develop bioremediation methods, biofiltration systems, and microbial technologies to degrade pollutants, detoxify contaminated environments, and promote ecological restoration and sustainable use of natural resources.
  7. Pharmaceutical Scientist: Work in pharmaceutical companies, research institutes, or regulatory agencies, conducting research and development activities related to drug discovery, development, and manufacturing. Pharmaceutical scientists design and optimize drug formulations, evaluate drug safety and efficacy, conduct preclinical and clinical trials, and ensure compliance with regulatory standards and quality control measures in pharmaceutical production and distribution.
  8. Bioprocess Engineer: Design, optimize, and scale up biotechnological processes and production facilities for the manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, biofuels, biochemicals, or bioproducts. Bioprocess engineers develop fermentation processes, bioreactor systems, downstream purification methods, and process control strategies to produce biotechnological products efficiently, economically, and sustainably, meeting quality, safety, and regulatory requirements.
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