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Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

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Biotechnology involves the use of living organisms (mostly microbes) to produce useful products. It includes traditional processes like brewing, cheesemaking to modern developments such as genetic engineering which can lead to new drugs against cancer and other diseases.

Study subjects such as Biomolecules and Cells, Bioanalytical Science, Introduction to Physics Technological Mathematics, General and inorganic Chemistry, Enzymes, Energy and Disease.  At least 50% of the contact time is spent in the laboratory gaining practical experience.

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This course is very broad and is specifically designed to train students in all aspects of modern biotechnology. Graduates from this course are qualified to work in a number of areas within the biotechnology industry with many attaining employment immediately after graduating.

Potential Areas of Employment:
QC Analyst
Bio-assay Specialist
Research and Development

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