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Bachelor of  Biotechnology (Honours)

Program code: 2375
QTAC code: 731101
CRICOS code: 082628G

Location

St Lucia

Duration

4 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Want to help feed, fuel and heal the planet? Combine life sciences theory, specialised practical training and entrepreneurial skills to join one of the world’s most exciting and creative scientific fields.

  • This four-year program will provide you with advanced knowledge of how biotechnology uses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop new technologies and products. You’ll graduate ready for a career in research or product development.
  • Gain a strong foundation in molecular genetics, microbiology, immunology, physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics, as well as the commercial and entrepreneurial aspects of biotechnology.
  • Build expertise in one of nine specialist areas (majors). You can also choose to study Innovation Management alongside your single major to combine your scientific skills with business knowledge. See the ‘Majors’ tab for details.
  • Learn about biotechnology’s varied applications, from antibody engineering to fight disease, genetic plant engineering to increase agricultural yields, vaccine design, cell and tissue culture technologies, and more.

From agricultural innovations to pharmaceutical therapies and medical treatments and research, biotechnology is transforming industries worldwide, including health, agriculture, science and engineering.

  • Professional experience

    Hands-on experience

    Get hands-on experience in laboratories and industry settings through practical placements and internships. Your fourth-year project will focus on fundamental or applied research, or entrepreneurship and business.

  • Employability

    Combine your interests

    Improve your employment prospects and broaden your skills and knowledge by combining your Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) with a program in Engineering Science (Honours). See ‘Program details’ for more information.

  • Why study

    Leader on global issues

    Lead the way in innovation and design with a world-class education. UQ is ranked first in Australia and ninth globally for biotechnology research, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ latest Subject Ranking.

  • Teaching spaces

    Innovative lab facilities

    Learn how to work confidently in a range of labs and gain practical skills to help you succeed. UQ is home to more than 2200 science labs, including wet, dry and clinical labs, PC2 and PC3 labs, and a range of animal diagnostic, operating and skills training labs.

Majors for this program

There are 16 majors available in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Your high-level knowledge and technical skills will be relevant to a range of modern biotechnologies.

Careers in biotechnology span many industrial and service sectors, including health, agriculture, diagnostics, environment, forestry, law and commerce.

With more than 850 companies operating in the growing Australian biotechnology industry, you’ll be well placed for roles in:

  • agricultural industries (in areas such as plant breeding and engineering)
  • chemical companies (in areas such as nanotechnology and biosensor applications, and developing drug leads)
  • diagnostic companies (undertaking 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 (in areas such as drug design and development or pharmaceutical production, as well as research institutes, universities or industry)
  • venture capital companies
  • start-up ventures.

Alternatively, you can use this qualification to further your research ambitions and make significant contributions to knowledge by enrolling in a higher degree by research program.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Professional experience

    Turn your ideas into impact

    Get support to bring discoveries out of the lab and into the marketplace. UniQuest, Australia’s leading commercialisation entity, has helped UQ researchers leverage their intellectual property to launch more than 100 start-ups.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

    Find out more
  • Alumni

    Biotechnologist Ann Damien is creating change

    Watch our video
  • Alumni
    “I particularly loved the site visits to research centres outside UQ as part of this program. By attending seminars presented by industry members, I learned about the research institutions and private industries I could work for. I also liked the enriching research culture at UQ and the opportunities for undergraduates to get quality experience by working alongside researchers and academics.” Louisa Parkinson, BBiotech(Hons) 2013, PhD (Biotechnology) 2017
    Research Officer, Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Summary

  • Program code
    2375
  • QTAC code
    731101
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    082628G

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

Prerequisites

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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application 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.

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ 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

If you're interested in biology, computing or mathematics, Bioinformatics might be the major for you. Bioinformatics is about applying computational and mathematical thinking to the biological sciences. This changes how we can approach scientific problems and increases the scale and complexity of the problems we are able to solve. The Bioinformatics major is designed to produce graduates who have a strong understanding of bioinformatics and computational biology. As a student in this major, you'll explore aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and the commercialisation aspects of biotechnology.

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

Because so much biotechnology research is molecular, a working knowledge of chemical processes and their mechanisms is essential to properly interpret data generated by biological experiments. The Chemical Biotechnology major is designed to produce graduates who have a strong understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry alongside aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, and the commercialisation aspects of biotechnology. This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, which ensures your study of chemistry is rigorous and thorough.

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

The Drug Design and Development major teaches students about drug discovery and development – specifically how chemical compounds are identified, selected and developed into drug products. As a student in the Drug Design and Development major, you'll develop a solid knowledge of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry, which are all appropriate for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Courses also focus on the processes behind identifying new drugs and their targets, and the steps required to take drugs to the market, including the preclinical and clinical development process. This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, which ensures your study of chemistry is rigorous and thorough.

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

Microbiology is the oldest core discipline of biotechnology and, as a result, is one where UQ has a great depth of knowledge. Microbiology is the study of microscopic living organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa. These organisms have a major impact on nearly all aspects of life and health everywhere in the world. Microbiology has also been revolutionised by technologies in areas including proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering. As a student in the Microbial Biotechnology major you'll study things like genes, cells, biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, and molecular microbiology. As an area of study it leads to employment opportunities in diverse bioindustries.

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 involves researching materials and phenomena at the level of the nanoscale (1 nanometre is one billionth of one metre, or: 0.000000001m. To put this in perspective: your fingernails grow about 1 nanometre every second). Nanotechnology also involves the controlled design and engineering of structures at the level of the nanoscale. As a student in the Nanotechnology major, you'll develop core knowledge in areas like biochemistry, genetics, organic and inorganic chemistry, and experimental chemistry, before undertaking further advanced-level courses in areas including chemistry and nanoscience. This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, which ensures your study of chemistry is rigorous and thorough.

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

Humans have been selectively breeding plants and crops for thousands of years. Plant biotechnology is an extension of this practice: it involves using advanced technologies to develop improved plants and crops for more nutritious foods, renewable biofuels, or for the production of sustainable industrial products and inexpensive drugs. As a student in the Plant Biotechnology major, you'll undertake courses that cover areas including biochemistry, genetics, chemistry, cells and genes, and plant biology. You'll then undertake advanced-level study in areas including plant science, plant molecular biology and biotechnology, and genomics and bioinformatics.

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.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

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Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, 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".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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