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Master of  Biotechnology

Program code: 5599
CRICOS code: 082611E


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


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

The Master of Biotechnology develops scientists with core technical skills and knowledge of commercial and regulatory environments to support development and delivery of new scientific products.

  • This two-year postgraduate program is designed for scientists with a bachelor's degree in any field and who can meet minimum GPA requirements. See 'Program details' for more information on entry requirements.
  • Complete core courses in business planning and issues in biotechnology, science underpinning new biotechnologies, quality management systems used within the biotech industry, and the global biologics industry.
  • Choose from a range of elective courses that will further develop your knowledge about the business and science of biotech including bioinformatics, food microbiology, entrepreneurship and strategy.
  • Graduate with a thorough knowledge of modern biotechnologies, how to undertake research and development in industry settings, innovation management, and commercialisation of products and marketing.

Biotechnologists combine their interests in science and business to develop new products through scientific discovery.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is ranked 7th in the world in Biotechnology in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018.

  • Accreditation

    International recognition

    This program is accredited by the US Council of Graduate Schools (Washington DC) as Professional Science Master's programs.

  • Professional experience

    Time for a career change?

    The Master of Biotechnology welcomes people from diverse professional backgrounds, including education, computer science, medicine, biological science, law, nursing and engineering.

  • Alumni
    I chose UQ because of the flexibility of the biotechnology program... students have the freedom to choose research components within any of UQ’s seven research institutes. UQ values innovation and encourages students to experiment. Maany Ramanan, MBiotech (2015)
    Associate Technologist (Product Development), Campbell Arnott's

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Biotechnology are equipped with high-level knowledge and skills relevant to modern biotechnologies.

They also understand the commercialisation of products and marketing, business environments, including business planning and project management, and how research and development are undertaken in industry settings.

With more than 400 dedicated biotechnology companies in Australia and more than 600 medical device companies, you'll be well-placed for roles in a range of sectors, including health, agriculture, diagnostics, the environment, forestry, the law and commerce.

Graduates typically work in:

  • 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 technology analysts or commercialisation officers
  • legal and consulting companies, as business plan analysts
  • pharmaceutical companies, including drug design and development or pharmaceutical production
  • research institutes, universities or industry
  • venture capital companies.

Other graduates use the Master of Biotechnology to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Teaching staff

    Our teachers are tops

    Our science academics have won some of Australia’s highest scientific accolades, including three Eureka prizes, a Fenner Medal from the Australian Academy of Science, and Fellowships of the Australian Academy of Science.

  • Campus Life

    State-of-the-art facilities

    At UQ, you'll have access to more than 3000 teaching and research labs. There are also informal learning and collaboration spaces such as the Science Learning Centre (SLC) and the Interactive Learning Centre (iLC). The SLC has study booths, data projectors, visualisers, and more.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Bachelor degree in any field, with UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale.

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, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Biotechnology 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


The courses offered in the Master of Biotechnology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Biotechnology at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Master of Biotechnology 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.

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 $38,896
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Biotechnology 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 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.


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

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All international student applications for the Master of Biotechnology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Biotechnology is 5599. You'll need this when applying.

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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 Master of Biotechnology 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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