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Doctor of  Biotechnology

Program code: 7601

Delivery location

St Lucia


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


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

Why study the Doctor of Biotechnology

The Doctor of Biotechnology program is designed to train scientists in the application of principles of management, to develop an understanding of management issues for research enterprises and technology ventures and the integration of specialist training in the area of biotechnology and research. Students in the doctorate will undertake courses at an advanced level in areas such as regulatory and legal issues, innovation, and biotechnology venture management. In addition, a large self-directed study component and a thesis component is included to explore and develop academic areas of interest.

Students who commenced the Doctor of Biotechnology prior to 2014 should refer to the previous DBiotech program and course list.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Admissions criteria


Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biotechnology with Class I or IIA honours from UQ OR equivalent OR coursework masters with approved results in the research component and a Grade Point Average of 5.5 on a 7 point scale OR at least 2 years relevant professional experience and/or research publications. All potential candidates are interviewed as part of the selection process.

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Program structure

Students in the Doctor of Biotechnology are expected to research, develop and write a thesis that makes a significant contribution to the field. They also have to undertake advanced coursework and an industry placement.


The courses offered in the Doctor of Biotechnology 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 Doctor of Biotechnology. 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.

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.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $37,296
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Biotechnology for the 2019 academic year.

It is calculated based on a standard annual full-time study load (16 units).

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

Fees for the Doctor of Biotechnology are charged every semester when you are studying coursework, and every research quarter when you are working on your thesis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

View the fees table for more information.


Higher degree by research students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, private donors, international organisations, or other sources.

The UQ Graduate School has an annual scholarship budget of nearly $40 million and coordinates a competitive, merit-based process for awarding scholarships.

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

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Doctor of Biotechnology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

You can submit an application at any time.

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Important dates

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

The closing date for the Doctor of Biotechnology is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

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