Diploma in Biotechnology - (Nilai)

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Overview of the Diploma Programm

Course Duration : 2.5 Years
No of Credits : 90
Awarding Body : Nilai University, Malaysia
Study Location/s : Horizon Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka
Mode of Study : Full Time
Type of award : Diploma

Accredited By : This course is for Students who have completed O/L and wish to continue their higher studies in related to Biotechnology field.

Faculty of Science at Horizon Campus is offering Diploma 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.

This internationally-recognized diploma prepares the diplomats with the skills and know-how on new biological processes of commercial importance in a diverse range of industries such as Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, Industrial, Forensic and Healthcare sectors.

Diplomats of this program are recognized to enter into a relevant degree program at Nilai University or any reputable partner university of Horizon Campus.

Foundational Understanding Biotechnology

Core - Fundamental : Introductory Biology | Introductory Chemistry | Basic Mathematics | Statistics

Core - Basic Biological Sciences : Introductory Genetics | Cell Biology | Organic Chemistry | Basic Microbiology | General Biochemistry

Core - Major : Basic Business Administration | Introductory Bioinformatics | Cell Culture Techniques | Basic Techniques in Molecular Biology | Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnology | Marine and Environmental Biotechnology | Molecular and Medical Biotechnology

General Skills : Introduction to Information Technology | Summative (Biotechnology)

University Courses : Environment and Development in Malaysia | Graduate Preparatory Course | Food and Culture | Co-Curriculum

English Language : Basic Academic English

How to Pursue the Degree

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

  • Overall three credits for G.C.E. O/L examination.
  • “A’ or “B” for English in G.C.E. O/L Examination or band score 5 in IELTS

Future After the Degree

The multi-disciplinary character of biotechnology provides students with employment opportunities in a wide range including research and development, quality control, clinical research, manufacturing and production, regulatory affairs marketing and sales , information systems, education and administration.

Biotechnology has produced dramatic economic gains for many countries. Thus, biotechnology industry is constantly growing during the past decade increasing the number of employees by more than 90 percent. If you are innovative and creative, enjoy science and technology, investigating and solving problems, and making useful products, a promising career in biotechnology will be always available as indicated below.

  • Laboratory assistants
  • QA / QC assistants
  • Biological technicians
  • Research assistants
  • Biochemistry technicians
  • Bioprocessing assistants
  • Manufacturing assistants
  • Bioproduction operators
  • Tissue culture assistants
  • Chemical technicians
  • Epidemiologists
  • Medical and clinical lab technologists
  • Assistant pharmacologists

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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