Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Harness nature’s potential
Biotechnology focuses on biology and technology, leading to the development of new products for feeding, fuelling and healing the world. This might include vaccine, antibiotic or hormone production and genetic modification.
It’s a fast-evolving industry with huge potential for improving global health and wellbeing. When we modify living things, all sorts of marvels become possible.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) combines traditional science with aspects of engineering and computer science. You will:
- delve into molecular, genetic, animal and plant biology
- experiment with protein separation, fermentation, genomics and proteomics
- use the revolutionary gene editing technology at the first Genome Editing Facility in Australia
- explore microbial biotechnology and bioprocess engineering
- learn how to produce food, drugs and other products
- consider social and ethical issues, patents and waste management.
Where could it take you?
You could concoct world-changing pharmaceutical drugs in the lab. You might work to clone animals. Perhaps you’ll aid in the development and implementation of modern techniques for disease prediction and treatment.
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SATAC Code 314691 2019 CSP ATAR 83.45 2019 CSP IB 30 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses. Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 77.7 Median ATAR to receive an offer 89.5 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 97.2 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 83.45 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 94.15 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.25 Minimum eligibility score 75 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3). Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 314691
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students 10 62.5% All students 16 100.0%
CRICOS 031007C Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
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
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 75 International Baccalaureate (IB) 27 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 18 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.8 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 80 ISC & CBSE [India] 70% ISBE [India] 80% SAT [US] 1200 Abitur 3.4 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 74 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74 Eynesbury Foundation Program 360 ANU Foundation Studies 66 Monash Foundation Year 70 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 72 UNSW Foundation Year 7.0 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.7 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 59 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.2 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 74 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies), Chemistry. IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3). International Qualifications Mathematics and Chemistry Assumed Knowledge Physics an advantage
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) helps you find a career 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)
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry PlacementStudents may have the opportunity to undertake international study opportunities, such as investigating biotechnology in Seoul, Korea.
Biotechnology, Diagnostic Technician, Biochemist, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology Engineer, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Chemist, Environmental Scientist, Forensic Science, Laboratory Manager, Life Scientist, Medical Scientist, Molecular Biology, Neuroscientist, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Plant Biotechnologist, Research Scientist, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available visit Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and Exchange
The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3.
Degree StructureLevel 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
- Molecular Biotechnology
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I:
Molecules, Genes and Cells
CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
CHEM 1101 Foundations of
CHEM 1310 Chemistry IA(S)
SCIENCE 1400 Science or Fiction Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units S2 BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I:
BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
CHEM 1201 Foundations of
CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level I Elective 1 x 3 units Year2 S1 BIOCHEM 2502 Biochemistry II:
Molecular & Cell Biology
MICRO 2504 Microbiology II (Biotechnology) Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units S2 BIOCHEM 2503 Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): Metabolism CHEM ENG 2015 Principles of Biotechnology II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Year 3 S1 For a major in Molecular Biotechnology
BIOCHEM 3000 Molecular and Structural Biology III
Approved Level III Elective(s)1 x 6 unit Or 2 x 3 units S2 For a major in Molecular Biotechnology
BIOTECH 3000 Biotechnology Practice III
Approved Level III Elective(s)1 x 6 unit Or 2 x 3 units
Exams, written and oral assignments and investigative projects; includes both individual and group participation.
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Last updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2019