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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 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
7601
AQF
Level 10
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41632 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
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.

7 in the world for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

1 in Australia for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

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

Indicative annual fee

AUD $41,632

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Biotechnology for the 2022 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

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

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:

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.

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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

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