Biotechnology (Enterprise): The University of Manchester

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Biotechnology (Enterprise): The University of Manchester, The Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions Office, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, G.36 Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT, Manchester, United Kingdom
Course Language(s) 
3 years
App Deadline 
15 January; 30 June for international applications
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456


Course description

This programme gives you a solid basis in science and technology complemented by units incorporating aspects of business management, industrial technology and entrepreneurial skills in order to develop the knowledge required to exploit technological advances within a competitive environment.

Career opportunities

The biotechnology industry plays an essential role in many aspects of the science that affects their everyday lives. Biotechnology graduates from the Faculty of Life Sciences may choose to become a microbiologist in the food industry, a geneticist in the field of medical research, or one of many other possibilities. They are not limited to the biotechnology industries however, and may go into a variety of careers. About half stay in the life sciences and related disciplines, choosing either to study on further research or taught courses such as a Masters or PhD, which could lead onto a career biotechnology, other biological disciplines, or medicine/dentistry degrees.

A significant number go on to complete a science teaching qualification, such as a secondary science PGCE. Those that choose a career outside of the life sciences are highly sought after by large multinationals. Graduate programmes in accountancy, finance, law, marketing and publishing are particularly popular choices for graduates from the Faculty who do not wish to stay in science.

Entry requirements

  • English language: Either GCSE grade C, IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.5 in any component) or an equivalent qualification.
  • A level: Grades AAB-BBB. This should include 2 science subjects, normally Biology and Chemistry (normally to be taken in one sitting). General Studies is welcomed, but is not normally included as part of the offer.
  • AS level: 2 AS levels are acceptable in place of the third non-science A-level.
  • GCSE: Minimum of grade C in English Language and Mathematics.
  • International Baccalaureate: 35-32 points overall including 5 or 6 points in two sciences at Higher level, normally Biology and Chemistry.

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