Bsc (Hons) in Biotechnology - (NILAI)

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Overview of the Digree Programme

Course Duration : 3 Years
No of Credits : 120
Awarding Body : Nilai University, Malaysia
Study Location/s : Nilai University, Malaysia | Horizon Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka.
Accredited By : Nilai University, Malaysia
Mode of Study : Full Time
Type of award : BSc. (Hons.)

This course is for Students who have completed A/L and wish to become Biotechnologists

Faculty of Science at Horizon Campus is offering B.Sc. (Hons) in Biotechnology in collaboration with Nilai University, Malaysia. Nilai University is rated Tier 5, excellent by the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) in the SETARA; recognized by the UGC, Sri Lanka. Both Horizon Campus and Nilai University are members of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) with the objective of nurturing experts in the field of Biotechnology in order to face the global challenges.

Furthermore, this productive partnership among students, staff and the Management of both Universities anchor the mission to expand and disseminate knowledge in the field of Biotechnology for the empowerment of socio-economic development of the country.

This is a multi-disciplinary program serving students desiring to gain a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience in the emerging fields of Biotechnology focusing on Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, Tissue Culture, Biochemistry, Agriculture, Food Science, Forensic Science, Microbiology, Environmental Biology, Biomedical Science, Pharmacology, and many more integrated subjects covering 120 credits. This programme is an innovative multi-disciplinary degree that was developed with inputs from key industry players and the academicians. It features biotechnology modules coupled with electives in Business, Communications, Marketing, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Graduate Preparation and many more paving the pathway to become globally recognized scientists and researchers.

Foundationals :
Understanding Biotechnology | Introductory Biology | General Chemistry | Statistics

Basic Biological Sciences :
Microbiology | Genetics | General Biochemistry | Organic Chemistry

Major :
Foundation of Business | Introduction to Marketing (Elective) | Principles of Management (Elective) | Bioinformatics | Biodiversity and Environmental Bioresources | Cell and Tissue Culture | Cell and Molecular Biology | Principles of Immunology | Industrial Microbiology | Innovation and Commercialization | Research Methods and Design | Strategic Management (Elective) | Managing Business Operation (Elective) | Food Microbiology (Elective) | Biotechnology for Crop Improvement | Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory | Immunological Techniques in Biotechnology | Drug and Pharmaceutical Technology | Introduction to Bioprocess Engineering | Environmental Biotechnology | Food Science and Technology | Plant Cell and Tissue Culture Techniques (Elective) | Protein Technologies (Elective)

Research :
Research Project I | Research Project II

University Courses :
Graduate Preparatory Course* | Entrepreneurship | Public Speaking | Critical Thinking | Professional Development | General Philosophy | General Psychology | General Sociology | Co-Curriculum

Key Information

The minimum entry requirements for the above program are as follows,

Two principle passes preferably in Chemistry & Biology in G.C.E. A/L Examination (Local) G.C.E. O/L, A/L done in english medium or band score 5.0 in IELTS.


2 E preferably in Chemistry & Biology (or Physics) for A2 in London Examination. If only AS level is completed, registration will be considered under diploma criteria.

G.C.E. O/L, A/L done in english medium or band score 5.0 in IELTS.


Diploma in a related field. (with a Pass)

G.C.E. O/L, A/L done in English medium or band sore 5.0 in IELTS.

Future After the Degree

The career options are expanding rapidly for Biotechnology graduates. Advances in genetic engineering, protein engineering, cell culture and molecular biology have generated a virtually unlimited potential for altering the capabilities of living systems, greatly expanding the scope of biotechnology, generating new applications for biological products and allowing a previously unprecedented ability to control life processes.

Related careers

  • Agricultural, environmental, chemical, food processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and waste management industries
  • Beverage and food production
  • Biotechnology, medical and agricultural industries
  • Government and research establishments
  • In a range of public and private diagnostic, therapeutic and research laboratories covering microbiology, hematology, bioremediation, immunology, forensic science, crop development, pest control, animal production, veterinary services, molecular biology and protein engineering
  • Medical and veterinary science service industries
  • Intellectual Property
  • Suppliers to the Biotechnology Industry

Faculty of Science Staff

Dr. Lekha Wanasekara

Dean – Faculty of Science

Ph. D (Immunology), Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, B.Sc. (Hons) in Bio Science, Sri Lanka

Ms. Shanika Gamage

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

M.Sc. (Food Science & Technology), USJP, B.Sc. (Bio Science), USJP

Mr. Medhisha Gunawardena

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resource Management (PGIA), B.Sc. (Sp. Second Upper) in Environmental Conservation and Management

Mr. Eranda Mandawala

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

MBA, UK, M.Sc. (Biotechnology), Australia, B.Sc. (Biotechnology), India, Diploma in Bioinformatics, SIST

Ms. Chathurangi Pathirana

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

M.Sc. (Biotechnology), University of Peradeniya, MBS, University of Colombo, B.Sc. (Hons) in Agriculture, University of Peradeniya

Ms. Kanchana Peeris

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. (Hons) in Botany, University of Keleniya, M.Sc. in Plant Biotechnology (reading), University of Kelaniya

Ms. Wasana Bandara

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

BSc (Hons), Bio Science and Environmental Science, Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Mr. Sachith Wickramasinghe

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

M.Sc. (Marine Life Science), South Korea, B.Sc. , University of Colombo

Ms. Yasara Rathnayake

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology, University of Peradeniya

Mr. Sadin De Silva

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

M.Phil. in Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo, Grad. Chem.

Ms. Tharangi Ellewela

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Northumbria University, New Castle

Ms. Eranga Karunarathne

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

PhD (Reading), Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, B.Sc. Special in Chemistry, University of Colombo

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