Do you want to focus your scientific career on one of the fastest moving sectors of science? The UK has hundreds of biotech companies and is a leader in innovating specialist products from living organisms. Biotech applications are enhancing food production, treating medical conditions, and having a significant impact on the global future.
Given the common expectation for job candidates to have some form of postgraduate qualification, this Masters course offers a route to careers in biotechnology as well as the broader life sciences industry. If your first degree included the study of genetics and molecular biology, and a research module, you’re well-placed to join us.
What appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle? I heard about the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff at Northumbria University and was very confident that they would be of great help to their students. I also like Newcastle and the fact that it is a student city and very safe.
What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed? I have always loved science and biology. I did a BSc Biotechnology at a local university, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), before coming to Northumbria University and would like to enhance my knowledge in the field.
What do you like most about the course? The lecturers are very helpful and the course content is very relevant. The course has given me a head start for the real working scientific world, in that it exposes me to the various fields in biotechnology, the latest research and helps me decide what sort of career path I would like to pursue later.
What do you do when you’re not studying? I did volunteer work. I helped out in the Newcastle Science Festival 2009. It was great working with people who were all doing it just to help out, and not for the money. I made a lot of new friends. I also joined trips organised by the Student's Union and have been to places of interest such as Leeds, Durham and Hadrian’s Wall.
I am currently working part-time during the weekends to gain working experience and earn extra pocket money. I am very thankful for my friendly colleagues.
Could you give some more information about the award that you have just won? The Asia Pacific Study Abroad Award given by the Golden Key International Honour Society was judged based on academic achievement and an essay which I have written on my decision to study abroad and the contribution of my overseas experience to my degree, industry and society. This Asia Pacific award was open to members from Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. The Golden Key International Honour Society itself is an academic honour society and extends its reach to seven countries, namely Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. More information on the Golden Key could be found on its website at https://www.goldenkey.org/GKIHS
You should have a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) UK honours degree, or an equivalent qualification, in a science-based first degree related to biology/biotechnology including study of genetics and molecular biology. In addition, you should have completed a scientific research project or module in your final year or have comparable research experience.
Recipient: Northumbria University
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