Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM162
CRICOS 072995M

Ready to drive progress in a top-ranking postgraduate degree?

Our Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) focuses on innovative technologies for disease prediction and treatment.

What will you do?

  • Learn from active researchers in biomedical science.
  • Gain the latest industry insights from lab placements.
  • Take courses in entrepreneurship, innovation and intellectual property management.
  • Undertake a one-year independent research project.

You’ll also gain access to the following internationally-renowned research facilities and centres: 

  • Adelaide Proteomics Centre (APC)
  • Adelaide Microarray Centre (SAHMRI)
  • SA Genome Editing Facility (SAGE)
  • Genomics Facility (SAHMRI)
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Adelaide Microscopy
  • Bioinformatics Hub.

Where could it take you?

You’ll be at the cutting-edge of biotechnology, where major advances are influencing important issues such as vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapies. Due to the strong research focus, this degree is often used as a pathway to a PhD in biotechnology and biomedical science.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3CM162
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study of the University of Adelaide, or a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study of another institution accepted by the Faculty for the purpose as equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM162

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 072995M
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Relevant bachelor degree or equivalent. Completed degree must be in Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $30,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $40,500

    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

    The industry offers very strong career opportunities for graduates, particularly those with strong laboratory skills combined with an understanding of research and product development.

    Graduates are highly sought after by organisations such as:

    • government health departments
    • pharmaceutical companies
    • Hospitals
    • private and public biotechnology companies
    • universities
    • CSIRO & biomedical research institutes
    • forensic laboratories

    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

    Industry Placement

    You will undertake a year-long placement within an industry body under direction of a scientific mentor. This includes a research project designed to develop the practical and theoretical skills required for real life research.

    Potential careers

    Medical Scientist, Biomedical Scientist, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnologist, Diagnostic Technician, Research Associates, Research Scientist, Epidemiologist, Scientific Officer, Food Scientist, Food Technologist

  • Degree Structure

    The Masters is a 48-unit program of advanced coursework, including core courses, a range of electives and a requirement to complete an 18-unit research project.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    Each student will be expected to complete a research project under the direction of a scientific and industry mentor.  The research project is designed to develop the practical and theoretical skills required for real life research projects.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1 S1 BIOTECH 7000 Advanced Research Platforms BIOTECH 7030 Science Commercialisation & Innovation
    [or Semester 2]
    Approved elective Approved elective
    S2 BIOTECH 7003 Advanced Research Techniques EDUC 7055 Research Communication 
    [or Semester 1]
    Approved elective Approved elective
    Year2 S1 BIOTECH 7020A Research Project Part 1 (12 units) [or Semester 2]
    S2 BIOTECH 7020B Research Project Part 2 (12 units) [or Semester 1]

    Assessment

    For individual courses, assessment includes exams, written and oral assignments and investigative projects (both individual and group). The research project is assessed by literature review, research proposal, seminar, viva voce and a thesis.

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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Thursday, 6 Dec 2018