List of top biotechnology universities in the world

Updated March 23, 2017

The field of biotechnology is related to the addition of living organisms into facets of medical technology and engineering. Biotechnology is utilised across a wide range of biological, scientific and industrial disciplines, including preventive medicine, life science and agriculture. According to a 2006 report by the independent economic think tank Milken Institute, American institutions hold eight of the top 10 positions in the world rankings of biotech universities.


Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs that span the entire realm of advanced molecular science and biotechnology. Areas of research include biochemistry, genomics, immunology and molecular evolution. Harvard's programs are based on a cross-disciplinary approach that encourages interaction and collaboration across the school's numerous laboratories as well as with Harvard's division of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Harvard University Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology 16 Divinity Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138 617-495-2300

The University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo School of Engineering's Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology is composed of 20 different research laboratories, five of which are dedicated exclusively to biologically inspired chemistry and biotechnology. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. The school's undergraduate program is grounded in core coursework of fundamental chemistry, including physical chemistry and quantum chemistry as well as organic chemistry and reaction engineering. UT's graduate program allows students to meld their undergraduate coursework with practical research, and offers international internship programs at partnering universities and research facilities.

University of Tokyo School of Engineering Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan 001-03-3812-2111

University College London

University College London offers an expansive and diverse load of coursework in its undergraduate biotechnology degree path. The three-year program is rooted in the basic principles and practices of experimental biochemistry, in addition to an introduction to biochemical engineering. The program also allows for investigation into the role of industry in bioprocesses. A research project or literature review in a biotechnology-related topic is required for the program's third and final year. Many graduates go on to graduate work in UCL's Biochemical Engineering, Biomedicine and Tissue Engineering programs.

University of London Faculty of Life Sciences 1 Gower St. London WC1E 6BT 001-44-0-20-7679-2000

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