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Fundamentals of Biotechnology (BS934)


“Biotechnology is the integration of natural sciences and engineering in order to achieve the application of microorganisms, cells, parts thereof and molecular analogues for products and services”

The module provides a fundamental understanding of biotechnological principles and applications. It lays the foundation for further in-depth studies of biological systems being, or with potential for, commercial exploitation.



Biotechnology discussed as an interdisciplinary challenge.

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and cellular organisation.

Microbial structure and metabolism with the focus placed on the potential for biotechnological applications.

Industrial microbiology – metabolic and process diversity.

Fundamental principles of genetic engineering – case studies of genetically engineered therapeutic products.

Commercial manufacture of new recombinant DNA derived products.

Integration of process engineering with biotechnology.

Ethical issues and problems associated with commercialisation of “modified” biological systems and products