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Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Biotechnology (Honours)

Overview

Prepare for the future with a program at the forefront of innovation where you'll gain advanced skills in established and emerging engineering disciplines, and combine life sciences theory, specialised practical training and entrepreneurial thinking.

This dual degree combines the practical and theoretical requirements of a professional engineering qualification with the exciting new commercialisation aspects of the growing biotechnology industry.

UQ's respected Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is one of the most comprehensive in Australia for design, technology and innovation. A flexible first year allows you to try out introductory courses from our 6 core specialisations to see what you like best. Or, if you prefer, you can enrol directly in your chosen study area from day one. You’ll also have the option to complement your engineering specialisation with a major or minor in one of the new and emerging areas of engineering. Depending on your choice of major, you might find work anywhere from infrastructure and hospitals to energy and software.

In the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), you'll gain a strong foundation in molecular genetics, microbiology, immunology, physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics, as well as the commercial and entrepreneurial aspects of biotechnology. You'll also learn about biotechnology’s varied applications, from antibody engineering to fight disease to genetic plant engineering for increasing agricultural yields. You'll gain knowledge that will enable you to take on any number of careers that help feed, fuel and heal the planet.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
5.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717501
Program Code
2348
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$44672 (indicative per year)
Duration
5.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
717501
Program Code
2348
CRICOS Code
080733M
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from the best in courses integrating technology with active learning, so you get the knowledge and practical skills to thrive in a constantly changing world.
  • Acquire the engineering qualifications that set you apart in the job market, prove your leadership material and provide a pathway to future research or learning.
  • Gain advanced knowledge of how biotechnology uses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop new technologies and products that can change people's lives.
  • Receive hands-on experience in laboratories and industry settings through practical placements and internships so you're career ready come graduation.

1 in Australia for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

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

  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Chemical Engineering

Placements and work experience

Completion of 450 hours of Engineering Professional Practice to satisfy the requirements of Engineers Australia.

What you'll study

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:

  • Bioprocess scientist
  • Product support specialist
  • Field application scientist
  • Biopharmaceutical scientist
  • Bioprocess development engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Technical manager

Graduate salary

Engineering (undergraduate)

$64K–$66K

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Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Engineers Australia
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers

Entry requirements

Minimum entry score

Check the minimum entry scores for the individual programs. You must meet the higher score.

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).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
88631

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

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

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the BEngineering(H)/BBiotechnology for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median4 / 944 / 95
Lowest8 / 847 / 87

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

00%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
1292.31%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

<5<5

Total

13100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Biotechnology (Honours) 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

Majors

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

Bioprocess Technology

This major is designed to produce graduates with a strong understanding of process engineering and technology.

It incorporates aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, and the commercialisation of biotechnology.

Work in biotechnology cuts across several industrial and service sectors including health, agriculture, aquaculture environment, forestry, law and commerce.

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design and manage processes that transform raw materials into valuable products by using their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.

In this major, you will develop the skills to design and create a diverse range of useful products and processes that enhance the lives of others. Valuable items like petrol, water purification, food processing and productions, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and artificial blood would not exist without chemical engineers.

You’ll learn how to make processing work more efficient, safe, economical and sustainable by producing less waste and energy in your developments.

As a chemical engineer you'll gain a flexible range of skills which will allow you to explore different career options from molecular biology, nanomaterials, chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology.

Graduate in demand

  • You'll develop both traditional and emerging skills and expertise to work in a rapidly changing profession.
  • Benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff.
  • With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections you need to transition from university to the workplace.
  • Chemical engineers are employed in environmental protection, management and safety, natural resource use and the energy sector, and petroleum and petrochemical industries. Companies such as Bayer, Unilever, Pfizer, The Dow Chemical Company, Patheon Biologics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, GE Health Care, CSL, Fujifilm Healthcare, Manildra and Dalby Biorefinery employ chemical engineers.

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Majors

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

Bioprocess Technology

This major is designed to produce graduates with a strong understanding of process engineering and technology.

It incorporates aspects of microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, and the commercialisation of biotechnology.

Work in biotechnology cuts across several industrial and service sectors including health, agriculture, aquaculture environment, forestry, law and commerce.

View

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers invent, design and manage processes that transform raw materials into valuable products by using their knowledge of biology, chemistry and physics.

In this major, you will develop the skills to design and create a diverse range of useful products and processes that enhance the lives of others. Valuable items like petrol, water purification, food processing and productions, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and artificial blood would not exist without chemical engineers.

You’ll learn how to make processing work more efficient, safe, economical and sustainable by producing less waste and energy in your developments.

As a chemical engineer you'll gain a flexible range of skills which will allow you to explore different career options from molecular biology, nanomaterials, chemistry, physics, mathematics and information technology.

Graduate in demand

  • You'll develop both traditional and emerging skills and expertise to work in a rapidly changing profession.
  • Benefit from the insights and expertise of world-leading researchers and highly-qualified academic staff.
  • With practical projects, guest lecturers from industry, internships and placements with leading engineering companies, you will gain the knowledge, skills and industry connections you need to transition from university to the workplace.
  • Chemical engineers are employed in environmental protection, management and safety, natural resource use and the energy sector, and petroleum and petrochemical industries. Companies such as Bayer, Unilever, Pfizer, The Dow Chemical Company, Patheon Biologics, Thermo Fisher Scientific, GE Health Care, CSL, Fujifilm Healthcare, Manildra and Dalby Biorefinery employ chemical engineers.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

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 $44,672

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Biotechnology (Honours) 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

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Biotechnology (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,542

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Biotechnology (Honours) 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

Additional costs

  • Safety boots (AS2210) (up to $140)
  • Hard hat (AS1801) ($15)
  • Safety induction program ($40 with group, or $80 individual)
  • Students who undertake vacation work, fieldwork or work experience will be required to fund their own travel and living expenses.

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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Biotechnology (Honours) is 717501.

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 Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Biotechnology (Honours) is 2348.

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

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

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

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

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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