Diploma in Biotechnology - (Nilai)

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Overview of the Digree 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 course of Diploma in Biotechnology will be offered in collaboration with Nilai University, Malaysia.

Key Information

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

Entry Requirements

Overall three credits for G.C.E. O/L examination.


G.C.E. O/L, A/L done in english medium or band score 5 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.

Foundational :
Understanding Biotechnology | Introductory Biology | IntroductoryChemistry | Basic Mathematics | Basic Academic English

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

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

University Courses :
Graduate Preparatory Course* | 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).

Diplomats of this programme are recognized to enter into a relevant degree programme at Nilai University or reputable partner universities (including reputed universities in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand) in areas of genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular microbiology, biotechnology and biomedical science.

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 diploma students 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. 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. 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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