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BIOTECHNOLOGY BA

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Career opportunities

BA in Biotechnology programme offers the choice of two specialisations:
– Industrial Biotechnology
– Environmental Biotechnology

BA in Biotechnology is designed to produce graduates who meet employers’ needs and are able to take full advantage of the rapidly changing and expanding arena of biotechnology and commerce. Typical career routes for our graduates include working as:

  • biotechnology laboratory technician, microbiologist, biochemist, geneticist, biologist, quality control analyst, medical and clinical laboratory technician, specialist in environmental monitoring

Biotechnology graduates:

  • can progress to MA programmes (e.g. in Biotechnology or Microbiology)
  • get a degree which equips them with a variety of transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers

COURSE CONTENT


Work placements

  • Students undertake compulsory 130 hours of work experience in industrial plants, laboratories, research centres
  • KUL’s Careers Centre offers a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements.



Skills acquired by Biotechnology graduates

Basic knowledge of biochemistry and biology, laboratory techniques and research tools used in biotechnology.
Practical skills acquired by graduates include:

  • expertise in the use of laboratory equipment (e.g. automatic micropipette, centrifuge, vortex mixer, spectrophotometer, chromatograph, transilluminator, radiometric test equipment, optical microscope)
  • ability to analyse chemical, biochemical and biological data
  • conducting primary cell and tissue culture
  • ability of designing and undertaking simple research experiments in chemistry, biochemistry and biology

  • the graduate has the ability to deploy appropriate practical and presentational techniques and methodologies including data analysis
  • graduates can express themselves appropriately, using a variety of methods

  • the graduate communicates with the professional environment in a foreign language and – depending on the group level – formulates ideas, describes phenomena, reports, exchanges ideas, participates in debates and defends his/her opinions, shares his/her experience and skills with others

  • ability to use MS Office-class software
  • database management and creating images for presentation purposes
  • use of basic statistical methods and information technologies to describe natural phenomena and to analyse experimental data

  • ability to draw proper conclusions on the basis of data collected from different sources
  • ability to describe, explain and interpret basic chemical and physicochemical phenomena

  • knowledge and understanding of basic concepts and principles on the protection of industrial property rights and all kinds of copyrights
  • ability to use information concerning patent protection
  • understanding the general, legal and formal requirements for self-employment