Bsc (Hons) in Biotechnology - (NILAI)

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Overview of the Degree Programme

Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary field comprising an exciting range of scientific fields such as,molecular biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, fermentation, agriculture, biochemistry, medical and environmental sciences.

The B.Sc. (Hons) program is an intensive three-year degree program covering 120 credits which will equip undergraduates with vast theory knowledge, first hand practical experience in laboratory as well as in industry and a research project which enable them to excel in their profession with confidence.

This multidisciplinary program also focuses on electives in management, ethics, commercialization, marketing and entrepreneurship paving the pathway to become globally recognized scientists and researchers.

Key Information

Course Duration : 3 years
No of Credits : 120
Awarding Body : Nilai University, Malaysia
Study Location/s : Horizon Campus, Malabe, Sri Lanka
Mode of Study : Full Time
Type of award : Degree B.Sc. (Hons)

Entry Requirements

Two S passes preferably in Chemistry & Biology (or Physics) 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.


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


Two S passes in Technology stream in Bio-system Technology & Science for Technology (or any other science subject) 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.

Course Structure

The course features 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.

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.

Foundational :
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

Learning Outcomes

What we aim to address in the field of Biotechnology are solutions to some of the world’s problems. This may be in the form of accelerated industrial processes, production of safer food and ameliorate the quality of our environment.

Professional Recognition

Horizon Campus, has gained the required recognition and accreditations by the Ministry of Higher Education and the University Grants Commission (UGC), respectively. Furthermore, Horizon Campus and Nilai University are both Members of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Career Opportunities

The career options are expanding rapidly for Biotechnologists. 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

The multi-disciplinary character of Biotechnology provides promising opportunities in research and development, quality control and regulation, clinical research, manufacturing and production, marketing and sales, information systems, academic field, administration as well as entrepreneurship. It encompasses an ever-growing range of techniques for the alteration and manipulation of molecules, genes and cells and often involves the harnessing of biological processes for a particular purpose. The biotechnology industry is based on the commercial exploitation of these techniques.


Horizon Campus encourage and assist the undergraduatestudents to participate in high-quality internships to gain valuable professional experience in their chosen area.Collaborating with companies and organizations in a variety of sectors builds students’ professional connections and gives them a competitive advantage in terms of their future employment.

The type of internships that students participate in vary; from working in companies and organizations, to doing research projects and working with a professor. The internship will be conducted at the final semester of the programme for a duration of 4-6 months.


Dr. Eranga Karunarathne

Head of the Department, Senior Lecturer

Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology, UoC, B.Sc. (Sp.) in Chemistry, UoC.

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. Environment Science (Reading) OUSL, 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, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK, M.Sc. Biotechnology, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, B.Sc. Biotechnology, Manipal University, India,,Diploma in Bioinformatics, SIST.

Mr. Sadin De Silva

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (Reading) University of Colombo, M.Phil. in Organic Chemistry, University of Colombo, A.I Chem C, Grad Chem.

Ms. Kanchana Peeris

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

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

Dr. Arosha Nirmal Buddhapriya

Senior Lecturer – Faculty of Science

Ph.D. in Biology, USJP, B.Sc. (Sp.) in Plant Biotechnology, USJP, Grad Chem.

Ms. Yasara Rathnayake

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

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

Ms. Tharangi Ellewela

Lecturer – Faculty of Science

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

Ms. Danushika Nayomi

Assistant Lecturer – Faculty of Science

M.Sc. in Food & Nutrition (Reading), University of Peradeniya, B.Sc. (Hons) Biotechnology, Nilai University, Malaysia.

Ms. Sonali Abeysiriwardene

Demonstrator – Faculty of Science

M.Sc. Food Science and Technology(Reading) PGIA, University of Peradeniya, B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture (Sp.) Biotechnology, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Dip. Information Technology with E-commerce, Dip. English

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