Doctor of Philosophy in Biotechnology

The Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) was the second Faculty to be set up at AIMST. It has set its goals to promote cutting-edge multidisciplinary programmes in which are infused the elements of innovativeness and technopreneurship designed to enhance market competitiveness.

Currently, the Faculty has only one department, which is Department of Biotechnology. Under this department, FAS offers its own three-year degree programme with honors i.e. BSc (Hons) in Biotechnology (BT). In addition to BSc course, Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biotechnology (by research) are also offered by FAS through Department of Biotechnology. Postgraduate programs are becoming popular among the students and the numbers of students are increasing every year.

The objective of the postgraduate programme is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge through independent research in a selected branch of Biotechnology. This will enable graduates to be competent in handling basic and applied research in their chosen specialties.


Programme Outline

Year 1

  • Basic Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biocomputing
  • Co-curriculum Social Service
  • Biophysics
  • Biodiversity

Year 2

  • Genetic engineering
  • Bioinstrumentation
  • Cell culture
  • Immunology
  • Food technology
  • Biostatistics
  • Industrial training
  • Plant science
  • Human physiology
  • Downstream processing
  • Virology
  • Biotech trends
  • Algal & fungal sciences

Year 3

  • Molecular modeling
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Research methodology
  • Biomolecular diagnostic
  • Business management
  • Bioethics, bioregulation & biosafety
  • Research project
  • Biomaterials
  • Metabolomics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Molecular pathogenesis
  • Aquaculture
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Forensic sciences

Career Options

With the launching of the National Biotech Policy & Bionexus in April 2005, job opportunities in biotechnology are set to escalate continuously. Graduates will have excellent career opportunities in areas as diverse as the agricultural, medical, pharmaceutical, environmental and the food and manufacturing industries such as in:

Forensic Science, Genetic Counselling, Marketing and Sales, R&D Management, Education, Biosafety & Ethical Issues, Environmental Monitoring & Pollution Control, Patents and Intellectual Property Rights


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AIMST offers students with excellent performance in the SPM discounts on tuition fees upon enrolment in our Foundation programmes. The discount rate is based on the number of A’s obtained and could be as high as 70% of their tuition fees.

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