Why study the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

Biotechnology applies scientific and engineering principles to living organisms in order to produce products and services of value to society. It is used in processes ranging from cheese production, brewing, and wastewater management, through to drug design and gene therapy.

This program examines microorganisms, plants and animals in the context of the discovery, understanding, improvement and development of viable products or activities. The discipline combines elements from many areas such as molecular genetics, microbiology, immunology, physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics.

Summary

  • Program code
    2375
  • 731101
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English and Mathematics B plus one of Chemistry or Physics.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Honours

Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours):

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Bioinformatics

The field of bioinformatics is designed to produce graduates with a strong understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology. Students explore aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and the commercialisation aspects of biotechnology.

More information about the Bioinformatics Major.

Bioinformatics and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

More information about the Bioinformatics and Innovation Management Dual Major.

Bioprocess Technology

The field of process technology is designed to produce graduates with a strong understanding of process engineering and process technology. It incorporates aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, and the commercialisation of biotechnology.

More information about the Bioprocess Technology Major.

Bioprocess Technology and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

These new dual majors will allow students to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and so to be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether they choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about the Bioprocess Technology and Innovation Management Dual Major.

Chemical Biotechnology

Chemical biotechnology is designed to produce graduates with a strong understanding of chemistry alongside aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and the commercialisation aspects of biotechnology.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the educational relevance of its chemistry content.

More information about the Chemical Biotechnology Major.

Chemical Biotechnology and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

These new dual majors will allow students to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and so to be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether they choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about the Chemical Biotechnology and Innovation Management Dual Major.

Drug Design & Development & Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

These new dual majors will allow students to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and so to be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether they choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about the Drug Design & Development & Innovation Management Dual Major.

Drug Design and Development

Drug design and development equips students with a solid background in pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry, appropriate for a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the educational relevance of its chemistry content.

More information about the Drug Design and Development Major.

Microbial Biotechnology

Microbiology is the oldest core discipline of biotechnology and one in which The University of Queensland has a great depth of knowledge. As an area of study it holds established employment opportunities in diverse bioindustries.

More information about the Microbial Biotechnology Major.

Microbial Biotechnology and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

These new dual majors will allow students to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and so to be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether they choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about the Microbial Biotechnology and Innovation dual Major.

Molecular Biotechnology

Molecular Biotechnology is an exciting, growing field of science that combines applications from molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics and microbiology in the laboratory to create useful products in areas as diverse as human and animal health, agriculture, food and sustainable energy production, and the textile industry.

Molecular biotechnology involves transferring genetic information between organisms to capitalise on existing biological processes to create new and innovative products.

This major provides an excellent platform for students to work in the area of 'systems biotechnology' which involves the overall study of a cells genetic and metabolic capacity to optimise bioreactor based production processes.

Employment opportunities in Molecular Biotechnology will continue to increase with the need for new vaccines and diagnostics tests and the need for more efficient production of food and beverages.

More information about the Molecular Biotechnology Single Major.

Molecular Biotechnology and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

These new dual majors will allow students to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and so to be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether they choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about the Molecular Biotechnology & Innovation management Dual Major.

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the ability to manipulate individual atoms, molecules and groups of molecules to produce the smallest human-made objects. As a new frontier of science, it is receiving world wide attention.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute for the educational relevance of its chemistry content.

More information about the Nanotechnology Major.

Nanotechnology and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

These new dual majors will allow students to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and so to be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether they choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about the Nanotechnology and Innovation Management Dual Major.

Plant Biotechnology

Plant biotechnology is an exciting and rapidly developing field. Gene technologies are used to develop improved plants for more nutritious foods, and as renewable biofactories, allowing the production of sustainable industrial products and inexpensive drugs for medical and veterinary use.

More information about the Plant Biotechnology Major

Plant Biotechnology and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management Dual Majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and University/Public Sector based research groups on seeking markets for their scientific outputs. As the industry matures there is an increasing awareness of the need to be in tune with commercial realities.

While Biotech is increasingly interdisciplinary, relying on teams of scientists with varying backgrounds to make discoveries, it also relies on input from a variety of professions to achieve market outcomes. This requires some understanding of the essentials of intellectual property law, financing ventures, managing people, building networks and alliances, competing internationally, managing projects, marketing products and services, and planning for growth in a competitive environment.

These new dual majors will allow students to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and so to be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether they choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about the Plant Biotechnology and Innovation Dual Major.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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