Industrial Biotechnology

Glasgow Clyde College


Langside Campus


Industrial Biotechnology uses living organisms and systems to turn "waste" (vegetable into a wide range of products. For example: whisky waste into biofuels; vegetable peelings into concrete, plastics, and carbon-fibre skateboards; stale bread into penicillin.

Year 1 includes:
Biotechnology: An Introduction; Microbiology; DNA and Genetics; Chemistry; Laboratory Skills.

Year 2 includes:
Supervised Laboratory Research; Aromatic Chemistry; Animal and Plant Cell Culture; Base-catalysed and Organometallic Chemistry; Protein Structure and Function; Chemical Engineering Principles; DNA Molecular Techniques.

Entry Requirements

Higher Biology (or Human Biology) or Chemistry plus English and Maths at National 5 at A or B; or Foundation Apprenticeship Scientific Technologies (Laboratory Skills); or an NC or NQ Level 6 science based course. Interview.

You may enter year 2 of the HND if you have a relevant 15-credit HNC, please provide details of your HNC including a list of the completed units in your application.

Progression Routes

3rd year entry to a range of science degrees at Glasgow Caledonian University, Robert Gordon University, University of Strathclyde or University of the West of Scotland.

Employment in related industry.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

2 years



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