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Bachelor of Biotechnology

Overview

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.

Biotechnology is a creative entrepreneurial field, where scientists design innovative products and technologies, pioneering new frontiers in health, agriculture, science, engineering and beyond.

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to translate innovative scientific ideas into commercially viable solutions. Learn real-world insights from educators who are at the frontier of emerging research fields in biotechnology.

You will combine theory and practice to examine biotechnology’s varied applications, from antibody engineering to fight disease and genetic plant engineering to increase agricultural yields, through to vaccine design, cell and tissue culture technologies, and more.

Deepen your understanding of the key issues within biotechnology such as intellectual property, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and quality control. Learn to apply quality management systems in biotechnology so that products and technologies are safe and reproducible.

Learn how to assess the market potential and financial viability of new products or technical services such as vaccines, diagnostics, biopharmaceutical drugs, transgenic plants or innovations in stem cell therapy.

Build your expertise in one of 5 specialist areas: Agricultural Biotechnology, Chemical and Nano Biotechnology, Medical Biotechnology, Molecular and Microbial Biotechnology or Synthetic Biology and Industrial Biotechnology.

Complement your specialist learning to enhance your employability by studying a minor in either Bioinformatics or Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

You will be equipped for a wide variety of employment opportunities in Australia’s thriving life sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, medical and agricultural technology industries.

Alternatively, kick start your career in research by progressing into an honours or master's degree.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731101
Program Code
2456
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from Australia's leading educators in biotechnology and equip yourself with advanced skills.
  • Access world-class laboratory, research and computer facilities to gain hands-on experience.
  • Set yourself up for a career in the expanding biotech industry. Australia has more than 850 companies operating in sectors including health, agriculture, chemical, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, law and commerce.

1 in Australia for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

7 in the world for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemical and Nano Biotechnology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Commercialisation of Biotechnology Products
  • Quality Management Systems in Biotechnology: GMP, GLP, GCP
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Genes, Cells & Evolution

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Production bioinformatics engineer
  • Research officer
  • Bioprocess scientist
  • Quality control manager
  • Biochemist
  • Research scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Cancer researcher
  • Trial coordinator
  • Lecturer

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Biotechnology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors and minors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Agricultural Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Cultivate innovative solutions to enhance the sustainability, productivity and profitability of the global agricultural industry.

Study agricultural biotechnology and undertake advanced-level study in areas including plant and food science, biochemistry, plant and animal molecular biology, and genetics.

Learn how to genetically engineer crops or livestock animals to enhance nutritional value, reduce susceptibility to disease, improve sustainability and enable them to thrive in hostile environments.

Access world-class research facilities to learn how gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and point-of-care disease diagnostics can address issues such as food security, climate change and sustainability.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

Specialising in agricultural biotechnology can open up a vast array of career opportunities within:

  • 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
  • primary industries or government departments
  • agricultural advisory boards.

You will also be well placed to continue into a research-based honours or master's degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

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Chemical and Nano Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Nanotechnology is the ability to manipulate individual atoms, molecules and groups of molecules to form new chemical or particle structures needed for the development of new medicines, materials or technologies.

You'll combine theory and practice to explore how nanotechnology underpins new innovations in modern medicine, technology and renewable energy. 

Develop a comprehensive understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry alongside aspects of microbiology, biochemistry and pharmacology.

Gain hands-on experience in gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and genomics in our world-class laboratories, research and computer facilities. 

Choose to combine your studies with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, ensuring you gain a rigorous understanding of chemistry. 

Growing industrial demand for nanotechnology expertise is creating exciting new jobs in a number of industries. You'll be equipped for a wide range of opportunities in biotechnology, materials science, engineering, technology, renewable energy or pharmaceutical industries.

Alternatively, choose to kick start your career in research by progressing on to an honours or master's degree.

View

Medical Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Medical biotechnology uses cutting edge tools and techniques to prevent, diagnose and treat current and emerging diseases.

Combine theory and practice to examine the science that underpins how biotechnology drives advances in modern medicine. You will be taught by educators who are at the frontier of emerging research fields in biotechnology.

Study core courses across medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, pharmacology and genetics, and apply your knowledge and critical thinking skills to laboratory experiments that discover solutions to complex problems.

You will learn how new diagnostic devices and equipment are developed and used to accurately identify diseases, and examine how genetics underpins personalised medicine leading to treatment tailored for the individual.

Advance your knowledge of how therapies based on small molecules, biologics, stem cells and other technologies are identified, selected and developed through preclinical and clinical testing into market-ready therapeutics.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

You will be equipped to work in the forefront of biomedical science and the biotechnology industry. Alternately, continue into a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program or kick-start your career in research through an honours or master's degree.

View

Molecular and Microbial Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Advances in molecular and microbial biotechnology are revolutionising the way we live, providing healthier lifestyles and creating a more sustainable world.

Molecular and microbial biotechnology involves transferring genetic information between human, plant or animal cells, or microscopic organisms to capitalise on existing biological processes to create new products or innovations.

It is an exciting field of science that combines applications from molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics and microbiology to create products and innovations in areas as diverse as human and animal health, agriculture, food and sustainable energy production and textiles.

You will access world-class laboratory, research and computer facilities to gain hands-on experience in gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and genomics.

Learn real-world insights from educators who are at the frontier of emerging research fields in biotechnology. You will also get a chance to network and gain practical experience with our extensive network of industry partners.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

Specialising in molecular and microbial biotechnology will prepare you for employment opportunities in Australia’s thriving life sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, medical and agricultural technology industries.

You will also be well placed to continue into a research-based honours or master's degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

View

Synthetic Biology and Industrial Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Get ready to pioneer new frontiers in health, food science, conservation and beyond.

Synthetic biology is transforming how we develop new medicines, enhance human nutrition and create a more sustainable world.

It is a growing field of science that applies engineering design principles to chemistry, bioinformatics and genetics.

These principles allow scientists to create or modify biological processes in living organisms and then develop new innovations across agriculture, health, energy production and environmental management.

Alongside leading biotechnology educators, you will study all aspects of the product development process. You will be equipped to translate discoveries from the laboratory into new products, technologies or research methodologies implemented across the globe.

Take advantage of opportunities to network and gain practical experience with our extensive network of industry partners.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

Specialising in synthetic biology will prepare you for employment opportunities in Australia’s thriving life sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, medical and agricultural technology industries.

You will be well placed to continue into an honours or master's degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

View

Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Studying bioinformatics will prepare you for a wide range of opportunities in scientific research organisations, universities, government departments and within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

View

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Translate your scientific knowledge into innovative solutions that shape our world’s future.

Study innovation and entrepreneurship to learn how to take your scientific ideas and create positive change in the world.

Learn the entrepreneurial mindset and how to apply your critical thinking and creativity to develop, apply and test your solutions in a commercial context.

You will develop your business knowledge through the study of finance, people management, networking, international competition, project management, marketing and services, and planning in a competitive environment.

Gain real-world insights from teachers and entrepreneurs who are at the frontier of emerging fields in biotechnology.

Biotechnology is pioneering new frontiers in health, agriculture, science, engineering and beyond. You will be equipped for a wide range of career opportunities in the lab, within industry or even launching your own start-up.

Alternatively, kick start your career in research by progressing into an honours or master's degree.

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Agricultural Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Cultivate innovative solutions to enhance the sustainability, productivity and profitability of the global agricultural industry.

Study agricultural biotechnology and undertake advanced-level study in areas including plant and food science, biochemistry, plant and animal molecular biology, and genetics.

Learn how to genetically engineer crops or livestock animals to enhance nutritional value, reduce susceptibility to disease, improve sustainability and enable them to thrive in hostile environments.

Access world-class research facilities to learn how gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and point-of-care disease diagnostics can address issues such as food security, climate change and sustainability.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

Specialising in agricultural biotechnology can open up a vast array of career opportunities within:

  • 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
  • primary industries or government departments
  • agricultural advisory boards.

You will also be well placed to continue into a research-based honours or master's degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

View

Chemical and Nano Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Nanotechnology is the ability to manipulate individual atoms, molecules and groups of molecules to form new chemical or particle structures needed for the development of new medicines, materials or technologies.

You'll combine theory and practice to explore how nanotechnology underpins new innovations in modern medicine, technology and renewable energy. 

Develop a comprehensive understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry alongside aspects of microbiology, biochemistry and pharmacology.

Gain hands-on experience in gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and genomics in our world-class laboratories, research and computer facilities. 

Choose to combine your studies with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, ensuring you gain a rigorous understanding of chemistry. 

Growing industrial demand for nanotechnology expertise is creating exciting new jobs in a number of industries. You'll be equipped for a wide range of opportunities in biotechnology, materials science, engineering, technology, renewable energy or pharmaceutical industries.

Alternatively, choose to kick start your career in research by progressing on to an honours or master's degree.

View

Medical Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Medical biotechnology uses cutting edge tools and techniques to prevent, diagnose and treat current and emerging diseases.

Combine theory and practice to examine the science that underpins how biotechnology drives advances in modern medicine. You will be taught by educators who are at the frontier of emerging research fields in biotechnology.

Study core courses across medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, pharmacology and genetics, and apply your knowledge and critical thinking skills to laboratory experiments that discover solutions to complex problems.

You will learn how new diagnostic devices and equipment are developed and used to accurately identify diseases, and examine how genetics underpins personalised medicine leading to treatment tailored for the individual.

Advance your knowledge of how therapies based on small molecules, biologics, stem cells and other technologies are identified, selected and developed through preclinical and clinical testing into market-ready therapeutics.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

You will be equipped to work in the forefront of biomedical science and the biotechnology industry. Alternately, continue into a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program or kick-start your career in research through an honours or master's degree.

View

Molecular and Microbial Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Advances in molecular and microbial biotechnology are revolutionising the way we live, providing healthier lifestyles and creating a more sustainable world.

Molecular and microbial biotechnology involves transferring genetic information between human, plant or animal cells, or microscopic organisms to capitalise on existing biological processes to create new products or innovations.

It is an exciting field of science that combines applications from molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics and microbiology to create products and innovations in areas as diverse as human and animal health, agriculture, food and sustainable energy production and textiles.

You will access world-class laboratory, research and computer facilities to gain hands-on experience in gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and genomics.

Learn real-world insights from educators who are at the frontier of emerging research fields in biotechnology. You will also get a chance to network and gain practical experience with our extensive network of industry partners.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

Specialising in molecular and microbial biotechnology will prepare you for employment opportunities in Australia’s thriving life sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, medical and agricultural technology industries.

You will also be well placed to continue into a research-based honours or master's degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

View

Synthetic Biology and Industrial Biotechnology (Extended Major)

Get ready to pioneer new frontiers in health, food science, conservation and beyond.

Synthetic biology is transforming how we develop new medicines, enhance human nutrition and create a more sustainable world.

It is a growing field of science that applies engineering design principles to chemistry, bioinformatics and genetics.

These principles allow scientists to create or modify biological processes in living organisms and then develop new innovations across agriculture, health, energy production and environmental management.

Alongside leading biotechnology educators, you will study all aspects of the product development process. You will be equipped to translate discoveries from the laboratory into new products, technologies or research methodologies implemented across the globe.

Take advantage of opportunities to network and gain practical experience with our extensive network of industry partners.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

Specialising in synthetic biology will prepare you for employment opportunities in Australia’s thriving life sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, food, medical and agricultural technology industries.

You will be well placed to continue into an honours or master's degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.

View

Minors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Studying bioinformatics will prepare you for a wide range of opportunities in scientific research organisations, universities, government departments and within the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

View

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Translate your scientific knowledge into innovative solutions that shape our world’s future.

Study innovation and entrepreneurship to learn how to take your scientific ideas and create positive change in the world.

Learn the entrepreneurial mindset and how to apply your critical thinking and creativity to develop, apply and test your solutions in a commercial context.

You will develop your business knowledge through the study of finance, people management, networking, international competition, project management, marketing and services, and planning in a competitive environment.

Gain real-world insights from teachers and entrepreneurs who are at the frontier of emerging fields in biotechnology.

Biotechnology is pioneering new frontiers in health, agriculture, science, engineering and beyond. You will be equipped for a wide range of career opportunities in the lab, within industry or even launching your own start-up.

Alternatively, kick start your career in research by progressing into an honours or master's degree.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Biotechnology for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Biotechnology for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Biotechnology is 731101.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Biotechnology is 2456.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

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For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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