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Master of Biotechnology (Advanced)

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

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  • 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

Place yourself at the forefront of innovation, engineering organisms to address issues of food security, disease and climate change with the ANU Master of Biotechnology.

Study alongside our leading researchers who work on issues of global importance in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in the biomedical, animal and plant sciences.

You will also consider the social and ethical impacts of biotechnological research.

Our Canberra location means you will learn about the work done by Australia’s largest government employers in biotechnology.

This Advanced program incorporates a research project and thesis.

Find out more about biotechnology, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

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.

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Biotechnology provides a pathway for science graduates with background knowledge in biochemistry molecular biology and chemistry to acquire new knowledge, or extend and update your theoretical and practical understanding of modern biotechnology. 

You’ll be prepared to carry out research in basic, medical or agricultural sciences in university, industry or government research institutions. Opportunities exist in scientific, pharmaceutical and pathology companies, or in government and public service positions.

Completing a Master of Biotechnology (Advanced), with a research component, can also lead to a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

1.     Demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of biotechnology;

2.     Apply their knowledge in biotechnology to new problems;

3.     Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biotechnology;

4.     Demonstrate basic and complex laboratory skills that are commonly used in biotechnology research;

5.     Perform experimental work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;

6.     Communicate own research work to peers and research scientists;

7.     Clearly present theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Further Information

New students in this program are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Visit the following website for further information: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/scholarships/graduate-commonwealth-supported-places .

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

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7, the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis and 2 courses 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.

Students must achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project.

Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% average mark in the first 48 units of coursework or have the approval of the supervisor for the research project will be transferred to the Master of Biotechnology program.

Cognate disciplines

Biochemistry, molecular biology and gene technology

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,256.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$42,960.00

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 (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following coursework component:

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 18 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 courses 6000- and 8000-level courses from the following subject areas:

CHEM Chemistry

NEUR Neuroscience

SCOM Science Communication

 

48 units from completion of the following research component:

Either:

48 units from completion of BIOL8701 Research Project, which must be undertaken twice, in consecutive periods

 

Or:

48 units from completion of MEDN8701 Medical Research Project, which must be undertaken twice, in consecutive periods

 

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the coursework component and have the approval of the supervisor for the research project to continue to the research component.

Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have the approval of an identified supervisor will be transferred to the Master of Biotechnology.

Study Options

Year 1 BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques 12 units BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units
BIOL8700 Research Proposal 12 units BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology 6 units M.Biotech course from list 6 units
Year 2 BIOL8701 Research Project 6 to 24 units
BIOL8701 Research Project 6 to 24 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 in 2016 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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