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Master of Biotechnology

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

MBIOT
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • Biological Sciences
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Biological Sciences

The Master of Biotechnology is a graduate coursework program that provides a pathway for science graduates with background knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemistry to acquire new knowledge, or extend and update their theoretical and practical understanding of modern biotechnology. Throughout the program, students have many opportunities to interface with scientists who are advancing research in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in the biomedical, animal and plant sciences.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. apply their knowledge in biotechnology to new problems;
  2. interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biotechnology;
  3. demonstrate basic laboratory skills that are commonly used in biotechnology research;
  4. communicate own research work to peers and research scientists; and
  5. clearly present theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Further Information

Students have the option of applying to transfer to the Master of Biotechnology (Adv) and undertaking a 48 unit research project if they satisfy the following requirements:

• achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the initial 48 units of coursework

• have the approval of an identified supervisor, and 

• have completed compulsory courses in the Master Biotechnology (Advanced) 

 

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

 

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here 

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 in a cognate area.  A cognate area consists of 8 courses with a minimum of 2 in chemistry.  

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Biochemistry, molecular biology and gene technology

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$29,280.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$39,024.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Biotechnology requires the completion of 96 units which must consist of:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques

 

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

BIOL8700 Research Proposal

BIOL8704 Biology Literature Research Project

 

A maximum of 66 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIOL6006 Genetics

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6107 Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry

BIOL6108 Hallmarks of Cancer

BIOL6117 Cell Biology

BIOL6141 Infection and Immunity

BIOL6142 General Microbiology

BIOL6144 Advanced and Applied Immunology

BIOL6161 Genes: Replication and Expression

BIOL6163 Genomics and its Applications

BIOL6171 Biochemistry and Nutrition

BIOL6174 Cell Physiology in Health and Disease

BIOL6177 Advances in Molecular Plant Science

BIOL6191 Biology, Society and Ethics

BIOL6204 Genetics of Human Disease 1

BIOL6205 Genetics of Human Disease 2

BIOL6243 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

LAWS6504 Principles of Intellectual Property

MATH6100 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling

MATH6208 Advanced Mathematical Bioinformatics

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

 

A maximum of 12 units from completion of 6000- and 8000-level courses from the following subject areas:

CHEM Chemistry

NEUR Neuroscience

SCOM Scientific Communication

 

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units
BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units
Year 2 BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques 12 units BIOL8704 Biology Literature Research Project 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units
M.Biotech course from list 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:

Email: rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au

Phone: 02 6125 1070

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email science.enquiries@anu.edu.au







Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact RSB Student Administration at rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au

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