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Feb 12, 2013 (4 years and 2 months ago)


Kingston upon Hull
Newcastle upon Tyne
How to apply
Please contact:
Recruitment and Marketing Team,
Fleming Building,
The Science Complex,
City Campus,
Wharncliffe Street,
SR1 3SD.
Tel: +44 (0) 191 515 2731
For further information and advice on the suitability of the course contact:
Course Leader: Dr Keith Thomas
Tel: +44 (0) 191 515 2530
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BSc (Hons) Biotechnology (Top-Up)
1 Year Full-time
Teaching and
Learning strategies are
designed to be innovative,
flexible and are built upon
established practices within
the University. As such, there
are a variety of different
delivery modes that address
different learning styles, and
support and encourage active
student participation. The
format of these range from
e-learning to formal lectures
and includes industrial
visits, tutorials, workshops,
practical laboratory work
and independent research
projects. Assessment
throughout the programme
uses a diverse range of
methods that are appropriate
to the learning outcomes
of the modules, and aim
to motivate learners, for
example, written coursework,
projects, poster and
oral presentations, time
constrained tests, multiple
choice questions and seen
and unseen examinations.
Career opportunities
Excellent biotechnology
graduates will find
opportunities in many
applications ranging from
health sciences to agriculture,
from molecular biology to
bioinformatics. Our BSc
(Hons) Biotechnology (Top-
Up) programme will provide
you with a suitable grounding
for these positions and give
you suitable experience in
techniques currently used in
industry. Many opportunities
are present in international
companies and suit students
with a broad experience and
specific skills. In addition
our programme provides a
focus on enterprise to equip
you to deal with innovative
ideas and apply these to
biotechnology problems. Past
graduates have obtained
jobs in pharmaceutics,
diagnostics, health care and
food industries amongst
many others. Some
students have progressed to
postgraduate study at various
institutions. At Sunderland
it is possible to progress
to our MSc Enterprise in
Biotechnology programme
to include business and
enterprise skills in your
portfolio. This unique and
specialist route provides
a broad view of how the
biotechnology industry is
organised and prepares
you for roles in project
management, product
development and marketing.
Entry requirements
If your background includes
diploma or degree level
study of molecular biology,
microbiology, biochemistry
and cell biology you would
be eligible for this course.
Alternative routes of entry
are also possible and we
encourage applications
from mature students
with a variety of relevant
backgrounds and experience
Biotechnology is a rapidly
developing industry
with extensive career
prospects, particularly
internationally. Many
countries are investing
heavily in their
biotechnology industries
and are looking to
its rewards for future
growth and prosperity.
Biotechnology requires
advanced knowledge
in molecular biology,
microbiology and
immunology and applies
these to problems in
many areas including
the health, environment,
food and manufacturing
Our BSc (Top-Up)
programme provides you
with knowledge and skills
in these areas and gives
you direct experience
of how these are used
in real situations. Our
programme contains
strong practical
experience in laboratory
skills with up to
date equipment and
industrial connections.
It is supported by an
active research base in
biotechnology including
postgraduate programmes
and innovative projects.
With this range of study
you will be a flexible
employee with a broad
view of the industry and
able to adapt to its many
future possibilities.
Is this programme right for me?
If you are keen to develop your biotechnology interest then our BSc (Hons)
programme provides an excellent grounding in a wide range of biotechnology
subjects and will prepare you for an exciting career in the industry. Join our
programme at second level via our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Studies route
or directly at third level with our specialist module study. Options include
industrial biotechnology, environmental microbiology, medical microbiology
and drug development – topics taught with input from specialist tutors with
industrial experience.
The BSc (Hons) Biotechnology (Top-Up) programme includes three core
1. Advanced Molecular Biology
2. Immunology
3. Research project
Specialist study available in Industrial Biotechnology, Environmental
Biotechnology, Medical Microbiology and Drug Development.
Undertaking a project is an essential part of the programme and carries
a strong practical element. In the project you will gain high level skills in
specialist techniques and work with members of academic staff on a research
investigation. Examples of past projects include:
Developing specialist PCR tests to assess hygiene in the food
This project has developed a specific test to identify the horA gene in food
spoilage lactic acid bacteria. Bacteria with this membrane transporter gene
can contaminate beverages because of the protection from the additional ion
pumping activity afforded by the gene. The gene is carried on a plasmid and
is a clear indicator of potential spoilage. The project has optimised a PCR
test using horA primers and screened a range of bacteria for specificity and to
provide validation for hygiene monitoring. The work was supported by local
biotechnology industries and involved collaboration with professional trade
bodies developing hygiene codes of practice.
Flow cytometry analysis of microorganisms in functional
This project investigated methods to determine the viability of
Bifidobacter in probiotic foods and to assess their potential in
novel formulations. Survivability tests were conducted and the
effects of specific sugar substrates determined. The work is part
of a collaboration project with the University of Manchester and
involved joint activities with postgraduate students.
Our facilities and research support
Our facilities are modern with recently built laboratories containing
dedicated facilities for molecular biology, microbiology, cell
biology and physiology. Our programme integrates with pharmacy,
biomedical science and environmental teaching and benefits from
an up to date clinical viewpoint. In addition our teaching rooms are
purpose-built with full audio visual support.
Specialist equipment used for undergraduate biotechnology
teaching includes:
• Standard and Real Time PCR
• Flow Cytometry
• Pulse Field Chromatography
• Stir tank fermentation to pre industrial scale
• Gas and HPLC with mass spectroscopy
• Transmission and Electron microscopy
• Confocal microscopy.
Our staff are research active and engage in direct contacts
with industry to maintain their understanding of biotechnology
applications. Their research areas cover many biotechnology
applications including biomedical and clinical analysis, molecular
diagnostics, bioinformatics, bioremedioration, food and beverage
development and probiotics.
Our BSc (Hons) Biotechnology (Top-Up) programme at the University of
Sunderland is an ideal way to progress from diploma level study to a
full Honours degree in a highly technical subject. This will provide an
excellent qualification for employment in a dynamic industry.
Life begins at
Many of the courses and facilities at
the University of Sunderland have been
shaped by the needs of international
and UK students. Sunderland has a
long tradition of attracting thousands
of students from all over the world
who go on to exciting careers armed
with a first-class qualification.
The City of Sunderland offers a fabulous range
of entertainment, sports, arts and shopping with
a great many top name high street stores and
smaller boutiques. Being at university is all about
experiencing life to the full and knowing how to
enjoy yourself! With a host of restaurants, cafés and
bars, as well as several new clubs offering student
discounts and a multi-screen cinema, there is no
shortage of places to have a great time.
Sunderland is also one of those places where your
money goes further because food, drink and rent is
roughly 30% cheaper than in London and the South
East (source: comparison).
If you are into sport, then between the City and the
University you will find all the facilities you need. The
£11m new sports and recreation facility will offer
a huge range of sporting facilities and we can also
boast the North East’s only Olympic size 50 metre
pool – making Sunderland a must for swimmers.
International students
Studying in the United Kingdom
leads to an academic qualification
that is respected throughout the
world. It also gives students the
opportunity to learn from the
experience of living in the UK, to
absorb its culture and language,
and to make valuable contacts
and friendships. The University
is a modern and dynamic centre
of education offering high quality
teaching, variable and flexible
courses. The University offers
excellent support for international
students and you can find more
information on the website
I was fascinated by the BSc Biotechnology Top-Up programme as it offers
a broad study of a dynamic subject with great career opportunities. I am
particularly keen to work in the industrial sector and am looking forward
to using my skills in microbiology to gain this experience.
At the University of Sunderland I have taken Industrial Biotechnology and
Medical Microbiology options and conducted a project on microbiology
of probiotic foods. I also attended biotechnology research workshops on
specialist topics to extend my experience and hear the latest research in
forensic science.
Amishi Rana – BSc Biotechnology (Top-Up) Graduate
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