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Master of Biotechnology

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

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

Program Requirements

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

36 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BIOL6162 Molecular Gene Technology

BIOL8700 Research Proposal

BIOL8702 Advanced Research Techniques

BIOL8291 Research Presentation Skills

A maximum of 60 units may be chosen from the following 6000 level courses:

BIOL6006 Principles of Genetics

BIOL6106 Biosecurity

BIOL6107 Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry

BIOL6141 Infection and Immunity

BIOL6142 General Microbiology

BIOL6243 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

BIOL6144 Molecular 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

MATH6100 Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling

MATH6208 Topics in Bioinformatics

LAWS6504 Principles of Intellectual Property

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

A maximum of 12 units may be chosen from 6000-level or 8000-level from the following subject areas:

CHEM Chemistry

SCOM Science Communication

NEUR Neuroscience

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least eight courses in cognate disciplines and two courses in the field of 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

Biological chemistry, biomedical sciences, molecular genetics and plant sciences.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

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

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

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.

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:


Phone: 02 6125 2870

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

Further enrolment information can also 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

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact RSB Student Administration at

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