Imperial College London biotechnology

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Imperial College London biotechnology

BSc Biotechnology

Life Sciences studentsUCAS code: J700
ECTS: 180
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 3 years full-time
Location: South Kensington

The discipline of biotechnology creates a vital link between biology and technology, enabling the development of cellular and biomolecular processes, which help better understand how biochemical processes can be applied.

Our biotechnology courses cover all aspects of the applied biotechnology industry, such as intellectual property and patents, commercialising technology, and entrepreneurship, with lectures and case studies from biotechnology business leaders and academics.


Biotechnology creates a vital link between biology and technology. Our courses cover all aspects of the applied biochemistry and biotechnology industries, including commercialising technology, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property and patents, with lectures and case studies from business leaders and academics.

Study programme

All Biotechnology and Biochemistry students follow the same core modules for the first two years, including biological chemistry, molecular biology, integrative cell biology and genes and genomics. This gives you a solid grounding in the fundamental topics, and prepares you for advanced study.

Our teaching is enriched by the Department’s internationally leading research programme, so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. You will also benefit from access to our outstanding facilities, including for genomic and cell biology studies, tissue culture suites and the most modern microscopes.

In your third year you have increased freedom to follow your own interests by choosing from a wide range of optional modules and completing a research project or dissertation involving a significant element of biotechnology.

Imperial College London biotechnology

Transfer between courses

Life Sciences studentThe structure of the Department’s courses means that transfer between different Biotechnology and Biochemistry degrees is usually possible up until the end of the second year.

  • Transfer onto Language for Science courses must be completed at the very start of the first year.
  • Transfer onto Year in Industry/Research courses should be completed at the start of the second year to allow time to arrange a suitable placement.
  • It is not possible to transfer onto one of the Biological Sciences degrees from a Biochemistry or Biotechnology degree.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.