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Doctor of Biotechnology

Overview

The Doctor of Biotechnology is designed for scientists who are interested in the technical, legal, and business aspects of biotechnology and research ventures. It can lead to careers in industry, government or research. 

The doctorate will take you 3 years to complete full time and combines advanced coursework with an industry placement and a research thesis. The program is intended to develop the range of research skills, scientific knowledge and business mindset needed to work in this fast-moving, innovative and entrepreneurial field.

You will complete the coursework component of the doctorate over one semester, covering topics such as research methods, entrepreneurship and intellectual property management. You will then undertake an industry placement for two semesters and start your research thesis, which will take 2 years to complete.

Graduates of this program have worked in biotechnology companies and research organisations in Australia and overseas. Employers have included IP Australia, Campbell Arnotts, Uniquest, Mater Medical Research Institute and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline).

Location
St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
Program Code
7601
AQF
Level 10
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$39168 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
Program Code
7601
CRICOS Code
034025K
AQF
Level 10

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from entrepreneurial scientists who have successfully commercialised their scientific discoveries.
  • Extend your expertise and scientific knowledge in areas such as molecular biology, protein technology and bioinformatics.
  • Study at a university with strong links to industry, government and research institutes in Australia and overseas.
  • Be highly sought for roles in health, agriculture, diagnostics, the environment, forestry, law and commerce.

9 in the world for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

1 in Australia for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

Supervision

You have to find and contact a thesis supervisor before you apply

This supervisor will support, guide and mentor you through your research, and can introduce you to professional networks that will start your career.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor 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

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.

Learn more about English language requirements

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 $39,168

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Biotechnology for the 2020 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 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 HDR fees table for more information

Indicative annual fee

AUD $39,168

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Biotechnology for the 2020 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 HDR fees table for more information

Scholarships

Higher degree by research students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by UQ, 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. Our Scholarships website explains how to apply for each scholarship.

Go to the Scholarships website

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by UQ, the Australian Government, foreign governments or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. Our Scholarships website explains how to apply for each scholarship.

Go to the Scholarships website

How to apply

Before you apply

1. Gather your documents

You will need to compile the necessary documents. We will accept scanned copies of original documents, but you will have to keep all original documents for the duration of your studies.

Upload all documents as PDFs and name your files like this: LASTNAME_firstname_document-name.pdf

If any of your documents is in a language other than English, you will need to send both the original document and an official translation.

Send the following documents with your application:

Academic CV/résumé

Your academic CV should include the following headings:

  • Personal details
    Include your full name and contact details.
  • Educational qualifications and professional affiliations
    Include the full title of the qualification, the institution attended and the year awarded.
  • Employment history
    In chronological order, starting with your current position and specifying dates of employment. Include the title of each position, name of employer, main duties or responsibilities, and achievements relevant to your proposed field of research. Make sure you include details of any research-related positions.
  • Research publications
    Include articles published or accepted for publication. Mark the three most significant publications with an asterisk. Specify the publication details, your contribution as an author to multi-authored publications, plus the standing of the journal or conference.
  • Description of most significant publications
    Include a short description (200 words each maximum) for each of the three asterisked publications. Explain their significance in the field and why they have made an important contribution. All publications should use an official referencing style (such as Chicago, APA or Harvard).
  • Research grants
    Only include awarded grants.
  • Academic referees
    Include the name and contact details (address, telephone and email) of two referees. If possible, include a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of organisational unit) closely associated with your current research work.

You don't need to include marital status, photographs, driver’s license, hobbies and interests.

Academic transcript

This should show all study you have undertaken since secondary school, whether complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale.

An academic transcript can also be called an:

  • academic record
  • diploma supplement
  • statement of learning
  • record of achievement.
Degree certificate

A degree certificate is a legal document, imprinted with a university seal. It should state the name of your qualification and areas of study.

Include all degree certificates (testamurs) for post-secondary study with your application. If you studied in China, you must provide a:

  • transcript
  • award certificate and
  • graduate statement/certificate.
English language documents

All applicants have to prove they can meet English language requirements. Any test scores have to be valid at your proposed commencement date.

    Passport

    Include a copy of the information page (with your photo) in your passport. This will verify your identity and ensure we can make offers correctly.

    References/letters of recommendation

    Include the contact details of two referees who will support your application. These referees will need to provide insight into your research experience.

    We will contact your referees for a report, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.

    Other documents

    Other documentation, originals or certified copies, may be required depending on your individual circumstances, for example:

    • evidence of change of name
    • proof of citizenship, if you are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand by birth
    • previous research program information.

    If you don't provide us with all documents it will take us longer to process your application. Your start date might then be delayed, or you might miss an admission or scholarship deadline. 

    2. Approach a potential supervisor

    Identify a researcher with relevant expertise and get agreement to support your doctorate and project.

    Many departments will require additional information to make a decision around your motivation, understanding, commitment, and financial support required.

    They may request documents to support your application, such as a research proposal. You should discuss these additional requirements with your potential thesis supervisor.

    3. Apply online

    Once you have prepared your application and contacted a potential supervisor, use the online application form to apply. You can send an application at any time.

    If you are not applying in a UQ scholarship round you should apply at least 12 weeks before a research quarter start date.

    Apply now

    Important dates

    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

    The closing date for this program 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.

    The academic year for Doctor of Biotechnology students is divided into semesters (for advanced coursework) and research quarters (for the research project).

    The agreed start date will be on your offer of admission.

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

    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