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A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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MH202
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 and modern developments such as genetic engineering which can lead to new drugs against cancer and other diseases.

The study of biotechnology involves disciplines including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology. Practical laboratory sessions, visits to industrial firms and ideally a placement in a biotech company all part of the course.

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Essential Module Requirements:
Five Distinctions which must include:


C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or 5N0556 (or O4/H7 in LCE Maths)

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Subject to availability there is a placement option for students and an option of spending a year abroad on an Erasmus programme.


Careers include research and development in biotechnology, production, quality control, process control, food processing, pharmaceuticals, brewing and distilling, waste treatment, and enzyme manufacture.



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