Imperial College of Science
Biotechnology with German for Science BSc (Hons)
Imperial College of Science

Key Course Facts

Course Description

As well as your main Imperial degree (BSc), you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS) on completion of this course.

Biotechnology creates a vital link between biology and technology. Our courses cover all aspects of the applied biochemistry and biotechnology industries, including commercialising technology, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property and patents, with lectures and case studies from business leaders and academics.

This degree allows you to combine your training in biochemistry with study of the German language. These classes, taught in German by the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication, focus on the use and presentation of written and oral scientific and technical material in German. You will also receive an introduction to the theory and practice of translation, alongside further studies in the history, politics, science and technology of German-speaking countries.

Our teaching is enriched by the Department’s internationally leading research programme, so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. You will also benefit from access to our outstanding facilities, including for genomic and cell biology studies, tissue culture suites and the most modern microscopes.

In the first two years you will cover core biotechnology modules alongside these classes, including biological chemistry, molecular biology, integrative cell biology and genes and genomics.

You spend your third year studying in a German-speaking university, where you will attend lectures and conduct a research project. In your final year you have increased freedom to follow your own interests by choosing from a wide range of optional modules and completing a research project or dissertation involving a significant element of biotechnology.

Please note: this course is not suitable for native or near-native German speakers.

Normally only students who are on track for at least a 2:1 by the end of their second year, will be eligible to spend their third year abroad.

The structure of the Department's courses means that transfer between different Biotechnology and Biochemistry degrees is usually possible up until the end of the second year. If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa, but our International Student Support Team are here to help advise and support you.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 65 graduates of Biotechnology with German for Science BSc (Hons) at Imperial College of Science for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Biotechnology.

Overall student satisfaction
86 /100
65 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Biotechnology with German for Science BSc (Hons) at Imperial College of Science

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Biotechnology with German for Science BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £29000 £34500
25-75 percentile range £21000 - £32000 £22500 - £34000 £26000 - £47000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Biotechnology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23023 £22867 £27376
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £26977 £17629 - £28408 £20784 - £34823

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Biotechnology with German for Science, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Biotechnology with German for Science BSc (Hons) at Imperial College of Science

20% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Information Technology Professionals
15% Finance Professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Caring personal services
10% Process, plant and machine operatives
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Natural and social science professionals
10% Media Professionals
10% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Must include: A in Chemistry A in Biology, Physics or Mathematics General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer. Language Requirement: AS Level German grade B A level German grade C

Must include: 6 in Chemistry at higher level 6 in Biology, Mathematics or Physics at higher level Language Requirement: 5 in German (HL) or 6 in German (SL)

Must include: D3 Chemistry D3 Biology, Mathematics or Physics Language Requirement: M3 German

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
Cambridge English Advanced For pre-2015 test, the College requires grade B overall. If your test result is 2016 onwards, the College requires 185 overall with 176 in all elements/bands
IELTS (Academic) 7 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 6.5 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
PTE Academic 69 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 62 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
TOEFL (iBT) 100 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 22 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Biotechnology with German for Science, BSc (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Imperial College London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Biotechnology with German for Science BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £36200 year 1
International £36200 year 1

Additional fee information

For further information on fees, funding, loans and grants, see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Imperial College of Science in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Imperial College of Science in related subject specific rankings.

Computer Science

    • #4 
    • #20 
    Technology
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]

Engineering

    • #3 
    • #23 
    Biotechnology
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]

See all university rankings of Imperial College of Science

What students say about studying Biotechnology in the UK?

  • Biotechnology Student Survival Guide ft. subjects, tips, tricks, advice.
  • Things to know about the Biotechnology Degree Before enrolling for it!

About Imperial College of Science

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (also known as Imperial College London) is a publicly funded university that provides Undergraduate and Postgraduate education in each of its specialist disciplines. Prospective students can expect to find the latest state-of-the-art materials in each department, as well as well-equipped leisure centres for enjoying sport activities outside of class hours. Located in the heart of London, there is something for everyone in this sprawling city.

Where is this programme taught

South Kensington
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