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The growing demand on resources from an increasing global population means that there are many career opportunities for skilled and experienced scientists in the biotechnology industry.

Research and development managers need savvy scientists with core technical skills, knowledge of commercial imperatives and current regulatory environments.

Choose UQ’s Master of Biotechnology to update your scientific technical skills and knowledge in core areas such as molecular biology, intellectual property management and quality systems management, and to acquire research laboratory experience. The program is also suitable if you are a legal or business professional with some scientific background and want to learn about the latest technological developments.

During your studies you will receive comprehensive training in scientific disciplines underpinning the biotechnology industry and research through advanced lectures, projects and directed study. You will develop skills in research methodology, as well as receive training in the special requirements to undertake research in the biotechnology industry and the opportunity to undertake a biotechnology research project.

You will graduate with a thorough understanding of a broad range of modern biotechnologies, the commercialisation of products and marketing, the business environment including business planning and project management, and how research and development are undertaken in industry settings.

Careers

Postgraduate study in biotechnology will enhance your career opportunities in a variety of industrial and service sectors, including health, agriculture, diagnostics, the environment, forestry, the law and commerce. You can pursue a career in areas such as:

  • agriculture – including plant breeding and engineering
  • chemical companies – including nanotechnology and biosensor applications, and developing drug leads
  • diagnostic companies – including diagnostic test design, development and production
  • government agencies as a technology analyst or commercialisation officer
  • legal and consulting companies as a business plan analyst
  • pharmaceutical companies – including drug design and development or pharmaceutical production, as well as research institutes, universities or in industry
  • venture capital companies.

This program provides comprehensive training in scientific disciplines underpinning the biotechnology industry and research through advanced lectures, projects and directed study. Students gain an introduction to research methodology; training in the special requirements for undertaking research in the biotechnology industry; and the opportunity to undertake a major biotechnology research project.

Part A

Compulsory

#8 for -

  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Emerging Biotechnologies
  • Biologics
  • Quality Management Systems in Biotechnology

and
the remainder from -

  • Directed Studies in Molecular Genetics
  • Directed Studies in Biomolecular Structure & Function
  • Introduction to the Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Advanced Protein Technology
  • Research & Development Proposal
  • Business Planning in Biotechnology
  • Research Project A
  • Research Project B
  • Research Project C
  • Literature Review B
  • Literature Review C
  • Drug Discovery & Development
  • Biotechnology Intellectual Property Case Studies
  • Immunology and Infectious Diseases
  • Food Microbiology
  • Preparation for Research
  • Technology & Innovation Strategy
  • New Product & Services Development
  • Commercialisation in Practice
  • Management of Intellectual Property

or courses approved by the Coordinator, Biotechnology Program.

Part B
  • Major Research Project & Seminars
  • Major Research Project & Seminars
  • Minor Research Project & Seminars
  • Major Research Project & Seminars
  • Major Research Project & Seminars
  • Major Research Project & Seminars
Part C
  • Advanced Masters Research Project
  • Advanced Masters Research Project
  • Advanced Masters Research Project
  • Advanced Research Project in Biotechnology
  • Advanced Research Project in Biotechnology

Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 


Program requirements

Master of Biotechnology (#16) Bachelor degree (Honours) in Biotechnology, Science, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Medicine, Engineering (particularly chemical engineering), IT; or an approved discipline plus a postgraduate qualification incorporating a major research project or other significant research experience.Master of Biotechnology (#24)Bachelor degree in Biotechnology, Science, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Medicine, Engineering (particularly chemical engineering), IT; or an approved discipline with a GPA of 5.5 on a 7 point scale; or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology.Master of Biotechnology (#32)Bachelor degree in Biotechnology, Science, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Medicine, Engineering (particularly chemical engineering), IT; or an approved discipline; or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology.Visa requirementsCRICOS Code: 057055CInternational students must undertake this program on campus at UQ on a full time basis to be eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. Please contact UQ International.English proficiency IELTS overall 6.5; writing 6, reading 6, speaking 6, and listening 6 (or comparable English language proficiency as per University policy) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5

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