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Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

Overview

Equip yourself with the scientific skills and business, legal and regulatory understanding needed to translate discoveries from the laboratory to real life.

The Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology program is designed for scientists who want to update their technical skills in core areas such as molecular biology, protein technology or bioinformatics, or acquire research laboratory experience.

For your one year of full-time studies, you'll select from over 30 courses, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

Choose electives in molecular genetics, food microbiology, business planning, intellectual property, drug discovery and development, immunology and infectious diseases, and more.

 With more than 400 biotechnology companies and some 600 medical device companies in Australia alone, UQ Biotechnology graduates are highly sought after for roles in health, agriculture, diagnostics, the environment, forestry, law and commerce.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5119
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$42688 (indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5119
CRICOS Code
034052G
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study with a world leader in biotechnology research, which ranks first in Australia and in the top 10 globally. 2019 ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
  • Learn from entrepreneurial scientists who have successfully commercialised their scientific discoveries.
  • Take advantage of a large suite of electives in science that underpin new biotechnologies.

1 in Australia for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

9 in the world for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

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

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:

  • Quality Management Systems in Biotechnology
  • Biologics
  • Issues in Biotechnology
  • Business Planning in Biotechnology

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Plant breeding and engineering specialist
  • Nanotechnology and biosensor application specialist
  • Diagnostic test developer
  • Pharmaceutical producer
  • Industry researcher
  • Venture capital consultant
  • Plant breeding, engineering, cropping or horticulture specialist
  • Plant and animal geneticist
  • Agricultural advisory board member
  • Business plan analyst

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)

$76K–$87K

compared.edu.au

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in any field; or

Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale.

Prerequisites

Bachelor degree in any field; or

Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology.

UQ or equivalent GPA of 5 or above on a 7 point scale.

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

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

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

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 $42,688

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in 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 postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,640

Indicative annual fee 2020

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 the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology for the 2021 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, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program. The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

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.

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