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Study biotechnology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying biotechnology as an international student.

Biotechnology degrees abroad

Biotechnology, often referred to as biotech, is a science that uses biology and living organisms to develop new technologies and products. It develops breakthrough technologies and products that aim to improve the quality of our lives and the world around us.

It is at the forefront when it comes to tackling some of the biggest global issues, including healthcare, the environment and food supply. Choosing to study biotechnology abroad could put you at the cutting edge of new technology, and be a part of exciting new scientific discoveries.

Biotechnology program structure

Biotechnology and bioscience degrees aim to give students a strong grounding in a range of science areas including chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology.

What’s covered in biotechnology programs can vary widely between different universities and in different countries. Some focus more on certain aspects, whereas others try to offer a more rounded overview. Subjects and modules you can expect to study include:

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • Genetics
  • Cell biology
  • Pharmacology

The teaching methods will also depend on the university, as well as the course content and structure. However, most biotechnology programs are hands-on so there will be practical lab work as well as lectures, tutorials, and seminars.

The program assessment will usually be made up of a combination of coursework, written exams, essays, research projects, presentations, and write-ups of practical laboratory work.

Why study biotechnology abroad

Biotechnology is an exciting and dynamic subject that will put you on the cutting edge of new scientific discoveries. Choosing to study this relatively new area abroad means you could access more established and advanced facilities and programs than you might be able to find at home.

Choosing to spend several years living and studying abroad is also a fantastic opportunity to experience a new culture, make lifelong friends from other countries and improve your language skills. Learn more about the benefits of studying abroad here.

Where to study biotechnology abroad

Biotechnology programs are offered in many countries all over the world, so it can be tricky deciding on the best place to study. To help you make the right decision, think about:

  • Your plans after graduation: If you want to pursue your career in biotechnology in the same country you study in, look at which countries offer the best job opportunities.
  • The quality of the program: Look at the facilities each university offers, how it ranks for its biotechnology programs and read reviews of previous students to get an idea of the quality of education you’ll get.
  • The type of country you want to live in: Think about things like the climate, culture and politics of each country to make sure the location you choose is somewhere you’ll enjoy living.

For more help making the right decision, read our guide on choosing where to study abroad.

Best countries to study biotechnology

Many of the best programs for biotechnology and biological science subjects can be found in the USA and Europe. The universities with the best reputations for science and technology are often where you’ll find the top biotechnology degree programs.

In Europe, the UK is perhaps the number one destination as it offers a number of top-ranked programs. France is also popular as it has a strong biotech industry, especially in the medical technology sector.

Switzerland and Germany are both home to a number of large biotech and pharmaceutical companies, making them an attractive option for those looking for a career after graduation.

Best universities to study biotechnology

To help you work out where the best university for you to study biotechnology, there are a few factors worth considering, including:

  • The program structure, curriculum, and content, e.g. does it cover the areas you’re interested in
  • Does the university offer internships, work placements or career support as part of the program
  • How well is the university ranked for its biotechnology programs
  • What organizations, accommodation, activities and sports teams the university offers
  • The location of the university

It’s important to think about factors both inside and outside of the classroom when making your decision. Although finding the best possible program is important, you also need to make sure you’ll enjoy your time studying abroad.

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Biotechnology study abroad programs

You can study biotechnology abroad at undergraduate and postgraduate level. As an undergraduate, most programs are offered as a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

At graduate you can study a master’s degree in biotechnology as an MSc, or some universities offer Master of Research (MRes) degrees. If you already have a master’s degree and want to continue your education, it’s possible to study for a PhD or MPhil in biotechnology.

Biotechnology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in biotechnology

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    Science Biotechnology - BSc (Hons) MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,300 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Biotechnology and Bioenterprise - BSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,453 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Animal Science: Animal Biology and Biotechnology - BSc University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Biotechnology - BASc University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology - BSc University of Kentucky, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,050 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in biotechnology

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    Biotechnology - ASc Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,304 USD
    Start date
    February, June, August
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Diploma in biotechnology

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    Biotechnology - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Biotechnology - Advanced - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Biological Science Technology - Laboratory Research and Biotechnology - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,356 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Biotechnology – Advanced - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,107 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Biotechnology graduate programs

Master's in biotechnology

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    Biotechnology and Genomics - LLM Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    9 months
    Tuition fees per year
    49,184 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Biotechnology - MSc Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,500 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Biotechnology - MSc RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    36,480 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Molecular Biotechnology - MAppSc University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    36,960 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in biotechnology

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    Applied Biology & Biotechnology - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,600 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Biotechnology - PhD Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    22,406 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Diploma in biotechnology

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    Biotechnology - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, July, September
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Entry requirements to study biotechnology abroad

The entry requirements you’ll need to meet to be accepted onto a biotechnology program will vary depending on the university you’re applying to. As a general rule you’ll need:

  • Completed secondary education with good grades in relevant subjects - many programs require strong grades in chemistry, mathematics and one other science subject
  • A personal statement that outlines your interest in the biotechnology and your plans after graduation
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Academic references
  • A bachelor’s degree in biotechnology to study at postgraduate level

The application process will also differ depending on the country your applying to. Some countries use a centralized application service (like UCAS in the UK) but in many other countries you send your application directly to the university.

For more information on the application process, read our guide on how to study abroad.

Future biotechnology careers

There are a wide variety of exciting and lucrative career options for biotechnology graduates. Here are some of the careers you could consider:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biochemist/biophysicist
  • Medical lab technician
  • Epidemiologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Research scientist
  • Animal scientist
  • Agricultural engineer
  • Soil and plant scientist

If you know what career you want to pursue once you have your degree, make sure the program you choose gives you the best chance of qualifying for that job.