Honours Degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology New

Harness even more of nature’s potential

Our direct-entry Bachelor of Biotechnology(Honours) provides high achieving students with automatic entry into an honours year, provided a 4.5 grade point average (GPA) is maintained.

Biotechnology—integrating biology and technology to create innovative solutions—has enormous potential to feed, fuel and heal. This degree will prepare you to enter this exciting and vital industry with advanced capability and an employability edge.


What will you do?

Like the Bachelor of Biotechnology, the direct-entry Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) combines biology with aspects of engineering and computer science. During the first three years, you will:  

  • delve into molecular, genetic, animal and plant biology
  • experiment with protein separation, fermentation, genomics and proteomics
  • use revolutionary gene editing technology at Australia’s first genome editing facility
  • explore microbial biotechnology and bioprocess engineering
  • learn how to produce food, drugs and other products
  • consider global social, economic, environmental and ethical issues, patents and waste management.

In addition to a Molecular Biology major, you’ll be able to choose a second specialisation in: Bioinformatics; Chemistry; Genetics; or Microbiology and Biomedical Science.

You can also gain valuable work experience through an industry internship. And your research skills will be honed through a major research project and/or industry-related project in your honours year.


Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate with the biotech world at your feet. The bachelor degree’s same vast range of career paths will of course be open to you. But with your additional honours qualification—and the enhanced capability it signifies—you’ll immediately stand out to potential employers.

  • Top 150 in world for Biological Sciences*
  • #1 in South Australia for Biotechnology**
  • Learn from research-active experts

*Times Higher Education by Subject, 2021
**Academic Ranking of World Universities, by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 354491
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Assumed Knowledge Stage 2 Chemistry and Mathematical Methods
IB: Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL); Chemistry.

MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.
Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 354491

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $8,021

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


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

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Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Level I

Semester I

Semester II


  • Elective courses from the degree of Bachelor of Science or other undergraduate courses offered by the University that are available to the student.
Level II

Semester I

  • BIOCHEM 2502 Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): Molecular and Cell Biology
  • MICRO 2504 Microbiology II (Biotechnology)
  • Level II Elective
  • Level II Elective

Semester II

  • BIOCHEM 2503 Biochemistry II (Biotechnology): Metabolism
  • BIOTECH 2010 Principles of Biotechnology II
  • Level II Elective
  • Level II Elective


  • CHEM 2530 Environmental & Analytical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2540 Medicinal & Biological Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2545 Organic Chemistry II
  • GENETICS 2510 Genetics IIA: Foundation of Genetics
  • MICRO 2505 Immunology & Virology II (Biotechnology)
  • SCIENCE 2550 International Experience II
  • SCIENCE 2700 Science Internship II
  • or elective courses from the degree of Bachelor of Science or other undergraduate courses offered by the University that are available to the student.
Level III

Semester I

  • BIOCHEM 3000 Molecular and Structural Biology III
  • Level III Elective
  • Level III Elective

Semester II

  • BIOTECH 3000 Biotechnology Practice III
  • Level III Elective
  • Level III Elective


Level IV

Students must complete courses to the value of 24 units from the appropriate specialisation area in the Bachelor of Science (Honours)


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Last updated: Thursday, 20 Jan 2022