Microbiology & Biotechnology

Course details

Microbiology Degrees aim to provide participants with a broad understanding of the different aspects of microorganisms and biotechnology. Morphology, physiology, nutrition, and reproduction of microorganisms and their ability to adapt to different ecological niches will be covered in this course. In addition basic aspects of biotechnology will also be done. The course is studied full-time over a period of two years and it is provided with a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, assignments, field studies and independent study. The course constitutes

Diploma in Microbiology/Biotechnology: One Year Full Time with a minimum credit requirement of 120 credits, and

Higher Diploma in Microbiology/Biotechnology: One Year Full Time with a minimum credit requirement of 120 credits.

Entry requirements to Diploma in Microbiology/Biotechnology:

Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination or London (A/L) Examination, including Biology and Chemistry.


Minimum three “C” passes at G.C.E (A/L) Examination (Old Syllabus) including a Biology and Chemistry.


GISM Foundation Programme (Successfully completed with B average)


Selection by an interview.

Entry requirements to Higher Diploma in Microbiology/Biotechnology:

Those who have obtained the required credits at the Diploma in Microbiology / Biotechnology programme at GISM Campus are entitled to follow the Higher Diploma in Microbiology/Biotechnology Programme.

Diploma & Higher Diploma – Edinburgh Napier University Degree Pathway Programme

Students who complete GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma may enter third year of the Edinburgh Napier University, UK. GISM does not conduct the full Microbiology Degrees but, on successful completion of this pathway programme for this major, students can apply for transferring to this University. Some papers offered at GISM Diploma and Higher Diploma courses may be changed in time in order to match with those at Edinburgh Napier University. If the student needs to enter this University directly, GISM International section provides support and necessary guidance for the application and visa procedure.

Title of the Course

Diploma and Higher Diploma in Microbiology & Biotechnology- Edinburgh Napier University Degree First Year & Second Year Pathway Programme

Awarding Body: GISM, Sri Lanka

Course Modules 

First Year Diploma

Course Modules 

First Year

  • Life on Earth
  • Introductory Physiology
  • Molecules and Cells
  • Practical Modules

One optional module from:

  • Plant Science
  • Concepts in Forensic Biology

Second Year

  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology and the Environment
  • Microbes and Man
  • Practical Module

One optional module from:

  • Biology of Disease
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Clinical Care of Exotic Species
  • Valuing the Earth

Throughout this course you’ll develop transferable skills which will help you compete in the workplace, including problem solving, communication, organisational and presentation skills. You will also gain specialist skills in food, environmental and medical microbiology and biotechnology, in addition to a broad understanding of the biological sciences.

Career Opportunities with BSc (Hons) Degree from Edinburgh Napier University:

The skills you gain in this course will prepare you for work in a number of areas including:

  • industry and research sectors
  • food and drink industries
  • pharmaceutical industries
  • sales and marketing
  • consultancy
  • environment protection agencies?/?companies

Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, U.K.:

Those who successfully complete the Diploma and Higher Diploma programmes in Microbiology continue Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, the U.K. to enter into Third year of the Microbiology Degrees. On successfully completion, Edinburgh Napier University will award the Degree.

Details of the full programme is available at: http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/bsc-hons-microbiology-and-biotechnology-undergraduate-fulltime

IELTS requirements for Microbiology Degrees:

IELTS results of 6.0 is required (not less than 5.5 in each band) when transferring to the 3rd Year of the degree. IELTS support programmes and Overseas University Orientation programme are conducted at GISM Campus. GISM supports for applying visa and this service is free of charge.

Course Fee (2017/2018):

GISM Registration Fee       : Rs. 40,000

GISM Annual Tuition Fee  : Rs. 480,000* (for 1st and 2nd years in Sri Lanka)

ENU Annual Course Fee   : GBP 13,900* (for 3rd and 4th years in UK)

Every GISM student will receive a 5%-10% scholarship on Edinburgh Napier University international course fee depending on their first two year academic performance at GISM Campus.

*Please note that course fee may change without prior notice, due to the changes in foreign exchange rates.

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