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Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 314691

CRICOS 031007C

The modern biotechnology field is constantly evolving. It uses many current technologies such as protein production and purification, genomics and combinational chemistry to produce foods, drugs and other products.

The Bachelor of Sciences (Biotechnology) provides training in both the molecular basis for biotechnology and the bioprocess technology required for the development of biotechnology products. The program is based around the recognised research strengths of the University of Adelaide in molecular biology, animal, plant and microbial biotechnology, structural biology and bioprocess engineering. It provides students with a unique cross disciplinary approach, which incorporates expertise from the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

 

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314691
    2016 CSP ATAR 88.25
    Adelaide Approved Score 75
    2016 CSP IB 25
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent (48 units) university study. You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Applicants who have studied Chemistry 1 and/or Biology 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses.
    Prerequisites
    SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. Applicants who have studied Level I Chemistry and/or Level I Biology at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You are ranked on the basis of your best GPA.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314691

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 031007C
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Prerequisites
    Mathematics and Chemistry
    Assumed Knowledge
    Physics an advantage
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    6
    5.5
    5.5
    6
    6
    A-Level 7
    UEC [Malaysia] 20
    SAT [US] 1665
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] [1] 80%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Bradford Foundation Program 74
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,975

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Employment opportunities exist for graduates in:

    • biomedical biotechnology, medical diagnostics and vaccine discovery
    • development of genetically modified organisms
    • ethics and regulatory organisations
    • innovative and laboratory research science
    • management of biotechnology industries and enterprises
    • patent law (with appropriate qualifications)
    • pharmaceutical industries
    • plant and animal breeding and improvement

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Biotechnology, Diagnostic Technician, Biochemist, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology Engineer, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Chemist, Environmental Scientist, Forensic Science, Laboratory Manager, Lecturer, Life Scientist, Medical Scientist, Molecular Biology, Neuroscientist, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Plant Biotechnologist, Research Scientist, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    Level I courses provide strong foundations in chemistry, biology, biotechnology applications and bioprocess engineering principles. Core courses at levels 2 and 3 cover important topic areas, such as molecular biology, molecular and structural biochemistry, microbiology, bioseparations and downstream processing, fermentation, bioinformatics, bioprocess economics, bioprocess design and scale-up, intellectual property, regulatory issues, waste management and bioremediation.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    • Biochemistry

     

    Example Study Plan

     

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 BIOLOGY 1101ND Biology I:
    Molecules, Genes and Cells
    (3 units)
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    (3 units)
    Or
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of
    Chemistry IA
    (3 units)
    Or
    CHEM 1310 Chemistry IA(S)
    (3 units)
    [Summer School]
    BIOTECH 1000
    Introduction to
    Biotechnology I
    (3 units)
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I:
    Human Perspectives
    (3 units)
    And/Or
    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    (3 units)
    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
    (3 units)
    Or
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of
    Chemistry IB
    (3 units)
    Or
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
    (3 units)
    [Summer School]
    Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year2S1 BIOCHEM 2502 Biochemistry II:
    Molecular & Cell Biology
    (Biotechnology)
    (3 units)
    MICRO 2504 Microbiology II (Biotechnology)
    (3 units)
    Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    S2 CHEM ENG 2015 Principles of Biotechnology II
    (3 units)
    Approved Level IIElective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units
    Year 3S1 For a major in Biochemistry
    BIOCHEM 3000 Molecular and Structural Biology III
    (6 units)
    Approved Level III Elective(s)1 x 6 unit Or 2 x 3 units
    S2 For a major in Biochemistry
    BIOTECH 3000 Biotechnology Practice III
    (6 units)
    Approved Level III Elective(s)1 x 6 unit Or 2 x 3 units

    Assessment

    Exams, written and oral assignments and investigative projects; includes both individual and group participation.

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Last updated: Monday, 3 Oct 2016

 

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