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Master of  Biotechnology

Program code: 5599
CRICOS code: 082611E


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


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

The Master of Biotechnology will equip you with the scientific skills and business, legal and regulatory understanding needed to translate discoveries from the laboratory to real life.

  • This two-year program will extend your technical expertise and scientific knowledge in molecular biology, protein technology or bioinformatics, and enhance your research and business skills through extended laboratory and industry experience.
  • Complete core courses in the business and science of biotechnology, including business planning and issues facing the industry, the science that underpins new biotechnologies, quality management systems, and the global biologics industry.
  • Specialise in Agricultural Biotechnology or choose electives in molecular genetics, food microbiology, entrepreneurship and strategy, intellectual property, drug discovery and development, immunology and infectious diseases, and more.
  • Put what you've learned into practice through internships, placements and international study options that focus on research and development, commercialisation, marketing and the business of science.

The fast-expanding global biotechnology industry has high demand for scientists at research, management and regulatory levels. The Master of Biotechnology gives you the tools to mobilise major scientific advancement into commercial products.

  • 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.

  • In the classroom

    Deepen your knowledge

    Specialise in Agricultural Biotechnology to discover how to meet environmental and food security challenges with gene editing, genomics, proteomics, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and disease diagnostics. See the ‘Fields of study’ tab for details. 

  • Accreditation

    International recognition

    Graduate with an internationally recognised qualification – UQ’s Master of Biotechnology program is accredited by the US Council of Graduate Schools (Washington DC) as a Professional Science Master’s program.

  • Why study

    Meet Lucas, he studies Biotechnology at UQ


Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 1 fields of study available in the Master of Biotechnology.

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Career outcomes

You will graduate with high-level knowledge and technical skills relevant to modern biotechnologies.

With more than 400 biotechnology companies and some 600 medical device companies in Australia alone, you will be well placed for roles in a range of fields, including health, agriculture, diagnostics, the environment, forestry, the law and commerce.

Graduates are typically employed in:

  • agriculture, including plant breeding and engineering
  • chemical companies, working on nanotechnology and biosensor applications, and developing drug leads
  • diagnostic companies, working on diagnostic test design, development and production
  • government agencies, as technology analysts or commercialisation officers
  • legal and consulting companies, as business plan analysts
  • pharmaceutical companies, working on drug design and development or pharmaceutical production
  • research institutes, universities or industry
  • venture capital companies.

If you specialise in Agricultural Biotechnology, you’ll find work in:

  • agriculture and food manufacturing (plant breeding, engineering, cropping and horticulture)
  • animal health industries (vaccine development)
  • genetic improvement and breeding (plant and livestock)
  • government bodies, including those associated with quarantine and agriculture regulation
  • primary industries and/or agriculture government departments
  • agricultural advisory boards. 

You can also 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

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    Be inspired by entrepreneur scientists and thought leaders who have successfully commercialised their discoveries – they are your introduction to industry experts and key members of the allied services sector.

  • 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
    "I studied molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetics, intellectual property and quality management, and completed two research projects, all in two years. You can also undertake an industry internship – UQ is well connected to research institutes and biotech industries, so you can easily choose the direction of your career." Suchita Gera, MBiotech (2016)
    PhD candidate, the UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • 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

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 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.

Learn more about entry requirements

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.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Biotechnology.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Agricultural Biotechnology

In this program, you will discover how technologies such as gene editing, genomics, proteomics, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics, and point-of-care disease diagnostics can provide solutions for global issues of food security, climate change and sustainable development. These skills are highly sought after in the food manufacturing industries (crops and horticulture), animal health industries (vaccine development), genetic improvement and breeding (plant and livestock), government bodies including those associated with quarantine and agriculture regulation, State (or Province) Government Departments such as Primary Industries and/or Agriculture, agricultural advisory boards, appropriate preparation for a PhD program in Agricultural Biotechnology, commercialisation in agriculture, agricultural management skills, skills to grow new agricultural industries, and skills for agricultural industries yet to be discovered.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is 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 $41,040
Indicative fee 2020

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


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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