- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0, with at least 8 courses in a cognate area, including a minimum of 2 courses in chemistry. Applicants must also have the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.
The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate area. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.
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.
Biochemistry, molecular biology and gene technology
English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Assessment of Qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
Applications for course credit
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
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 (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:
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 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:
SCOM Science Communication
48 units from completion of the following research component:
48 units from completion of BIOL8701 Research Project, which must be undertaken twice, in consecutive periods
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.
|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|
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An indicative list of courses offered by Science in 2016 can be found here.
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