Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering


Are you planning to pursue a career in medicine, biomedical sciences, molecular biology, biochemistry or genetics at university? Do you generally want to understand how genes are engineered to improve crops, fight human disease and improve animals? If yes, then this is the course for you!

We tailor and design course content according to the age and level of knowledge of our students. Overall, the course includes an introduction to molecules of life – DNA, RNA and proteins – the mode of genetic inheritance, methods of DNA manipulation and laboratory techniques used in DNA/RNA/protein analysis, application of genetic engineering to improving crops and human health, and the application of such biological methods to industrial scale processes (biotechnology). We will also look into the ethical concerns associated with the use of genetic engineering tools and their possible impact on diversity of life, particularly plants. Depending upon the topic, we may combine lectures with similar topics from other courses, which we hope will give students further opportunities of interact with peers and expand their horizons.

How will this course be taught?

The course will be taught by one or more tutors and will consist of approximately 20 hours of teaching per week. This will include lectures, presentations by students and essay writing, and one or more keynote plenaries to be given by Oxford academics. The students will also be encouraged to actively participate in class tutorial discussions. We are confident that, in addition to developing a deeper understanding of the subject, such interactive learning will enhance the students’ language and communication skills, develop critical thinking and build confidence.

Are excursions and activities included?

Yes! Although the key focus of our programmes is academic development, it will not just be work and study! We want our students to take back many happy memories. All our students will enjoy visits to places in and outside Oxford, and join various social and extra-curricular activities alongside a diverse range of cultural experiences.

Career advice

We anticipate that this course will help students decide whether or not they want to pursue a career in a biomedical discipline, and, if they do, in which particular specialisation. Therefore, we will offer our students a 1-1 career advice session with a tutor towards the end of the course.

Who should attend this course?
  • Students doing GCSEs/O-levels/A-levels or equivalent
  • Students planning to pursue a career in medicine or study another biomedical/biochemical/genetics/molecular biology discipline
  • Anyone interested in genetic engineering and biotechnology
  • English proficiency equivalent to IELTS level 5.0 (modest user) or above (IELTS test certificate/score is not required)
Highly recommended
  • Have studied or is studying biology/human biology at high school level
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