Bachelor of  Biotechnology (Honours)

Program code: 2375
QTAC code: 731101
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold

OP

9
/

Rank

81
/

IB

29
Minimum selection threshold

Location

St Lucia

Duration

4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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
  • QTAC code
    731101
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

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

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) in 2018:

OPRankIB
9 81 29

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median8 / 84 7 / 86
Lowest11 / 76 9 / 81

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education studyN/P N/P
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
23 53.49%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students13 30.23%
Total43 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

Notes:
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

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:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

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 what can be studied in the Bioinformatics Major.

Bioinformatics and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management dual majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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 what can be studied in 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 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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 what can be studied in 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 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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 what can be studied in 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 what can be studied in 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 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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 what can be studied in 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 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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 what can be studied in the Nanotechnology Major.

Nanotechnology and Innovation Management (Dual major)

The Innovation Management dual majors prepare students for the growing focus of Biotechnology organizations and 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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 what can be studied in 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 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.

This dual major allows you to develop the business skills required to complement their science skills and be more competitive in the Biotechnology field, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector.

More information about what can be studied in 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.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,418
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) is 731101. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

The Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) year commences four weeks prior to the start of Semester 1 in the standard academic calendar.

In Semester 2, the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) year commences at the start of the standard academic calendar.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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