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“I find that one of the best things about studying biotechnology is that it gives you many different possibilities for the future. A degree in biotechnology allows you to go into a range of interesting fields of bioscience such as medical engineering, microbiology, industrial biotechnology and chemical process technology. I think biotechnology is one of the most exciting fields of our time and it is also a fast-growing field of science globally.

Integrated into your course modules, there are several practical sessions that take place in the great laboratory facilities at the campus. This practical approach to learning allows you to gain plenty of laboratory skills as well as a deeper understanding of the topic of science in focus, that being biochemistry, microbiology, genetics or molecular biology. In addition, these practical sessions set the basis for most of our coursework throughout the year, which usually contributes to 60% of your total module mark.

Another factor that makes studying biotechnology at UCS especially enjoyable is the fact that the lecturers have all worked in their allocated fields of research for many years before becoming lecturers, and they gladly share their experience with us. I find this especially useful in the laboratory sessions where we can work through realistic work-based scenarios, preparing us for our future because the lecturers have a good understanding of what that may include.

There are also several opportunities for us to visit local biotechnology businesses and other relevant facilities during the degree. This helps us make professional connections, which can be used for collaborating on dissertation projects, whilst also introducing us to various graduate positions. It gives us a realistic insight into possible work environments and a more thorough understanding of what certain job descriptions include, which can contribute to us making the right decision when it comes to further education and graduate jobs.

As a student at UCS, you can also develop close relationships with lecturers and support staff due to the smaller class sizes. This is great as you never feel that there is a problem asking anyone for help when you need it. It also increases your chances of being successful academically as you have your academic tutors working closely with you throughout the whole degree.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about biotechnology, you can read more about the course here. You might also be interested in our Shrewsbury Virtual Experience where you can get an insight into what it’s like to be a University Centre Shrewsbury student.


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