Diploma in Biotechnology

Diploma in Biotechnology

Intakes: March, June/July & Sept/Oct
Mode of Study: Full Time
Duration: 2.5 years
Credits: 92
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About This Programme

With all the problems that we are facing in the world today, biotechnology is one of the fields that can support the society in searching for advances in diagnostics and treatments for diseases, improvements to our agricultural products and development of the environment.

Biotechnology essentially is technology based on biology and chemistry. Biology is the study of life and living organisms which includes the study of genes and cells. Chemistry is the study of physical science, compositions, structures and all matters made up of atoms. Therefore, biotechnology is the process that develops products that helps to improve the lives and the health of the earth.

Why should I take this programme?

Biotechnology is currently a booming field in Malaysia. Companies and institutions are investing a huge amount of money and effort in advancing Biotechnology in Malaysia. This has created many job opportunities for Biotechnologists. Through biotechnology, students can venture into many different fields of expertise such as pharmaceutical, environmental, agricultural and food industries.

What will I learn?

This programme is designed to produce specialised human resource equipped 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.

Students will be exposed to practical knowledge of the foundation technologies for working with DNA, proteins, cells and molecules. They will also gain knowledge and exposure to different areas of biotechnology through educational visits, professional talks, exhibitions and industrial training.

Students also have to go for 7 weeks of industrial training in the industry of their choice.

What should I expect?

This field of study is as interesting and challenging as other programmed. We may not be fully aware but biotechnology has helped us live more comfortably as we have a cleaner environment, healthier body and better food production.

What’s challenging is that we live on food and we will keep producing food in smaller areas of land compared to what we had before.

Saving the human race is the future of biotechnology. And you can expect that what you learn and do in the future will revolve around biotechnology.

Check If You Are Eligible

SPM Minimum 3Cs (including Mathematics and a Science Subject) and a Pass in English
O-Level Minimum 3Cs (including Mathematics and a Science Subject) and a Pass in English
UEC Minimum 3Cs (including Mathematics and a Science Subject) and a Pass in English
SKM III Minimum CGPA of 2.00 with a C in SPM
Certificate Minimum CGPA of 2.00
Other Qualifications As recognised by the Senate of IUKL as equivalent to SPM
PTE 47
Cambridge English 154

What Will You Learn?

Year 1

Bioinformatics, Cell and Molecular Biology, English for Science and Technology I, II & III, Fundamental in Microbiology, Fundamentals in Biochemistry, General Genetics, Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumentation in Biotechnology, Microbial Metabolism, Organic Chemistry, Principles in Fermentation Technology, Pengajian Malaysia II, Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi II

Year 2

Agrobiotechnology, Bioprocess Techniques, Biosafety & Bioethics, Biostatistics, Environment Biotechnology, Food Biotechnology, Industrial Training, Introduction of Cell and Tissue Culture, Introduction to Genomics & Proteomics, Recombinant DNA Technology, Research Methods, MPU Subjects (U2, U3, U4)

Year 3

Basic Entrepreneurship, Downstream Processing, Mini Project, Principle of Management


Tuition Fees RM25,760.00
Deposit (Refundable) RM250.00
Insurance RM70.00/year
Other Fees Sem S/Sem
Student Club
Total Fees (Approximate) RM27,700.00
Tuition Fees RM25,760.00
Caution Fee (Refundable) RM1,500.00
International Student Administrative Fee RM6,300.00
Medical Insurance RM600.00/year
Medical Examination RM250.00/year
Visa Processing RM360.00/year
Other Fees Sem S/Sem
Student Club
Total Fees (Approximate) RM36,100.00

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Career Choices

  • Medical Lab Technologist
  • Clinical Support Specialist
  • Microbiologist, etc.

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How much will I make?

For diploma holders, you can expect to earn around RM 1,500 to RM 2,000 as a start but note that with dedication and experience, you will earn more in years to come. But of course, your salary will also depend on the company that you work for.

Is this programme accredited?

IUKL has received full accreditation from MQA for this programme since 2013.

Did you know?

Our Biotechnology laboratory is equipped with up-to-date equipment for students’ use.

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