Master of Biopharmaceutical Engineering

Deliver life-saving medicines to the world

Biopharmaceuticals have a critical role to play in improving global health. Recently, the development of mRNA and DNA vaccines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the work of biopharmaceutical engineers further into the public spotlight. The more effectively and efficiently these powerful vaccines or medicines can be designed and produced, the more lives they will save.

With the biopharmaceuticals market valued at approximately $325.17 billion USD in 2020, professionals with specialist biopharmaceutical engineering training are in demand worldwide. Our Master of Biopharmaceutical Engineering will prepare you to take up the challenge.

What will you do?

Suitable for chemical engineering and biological science graduates, as well as engineers with relevant work experience.

The first year is a blend of face-to-face and online course work. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of biopharmaceutical manufacturing’s technical, management and process engineering aspects.

In year two, you will undertake a significant research project with supervision and mentorship from one of our world-class research-active academics and/or a recognised industry expert. You will emerge with:

  • comprehensive awareness of global biopharmaceutical market demands and regulatory requirements
  • advanced knowledge and capability in state-of-the-art biopharmaceutical engineering, manufacturing and processing practice, including advanced processing technologies
  • the ability to critically reflect on appropriate use of biopharmaceutical principles and techniques, and advise others accordingly
  • deep understanding of the industry’s social and environmental impacts
  • high-level problem-solving and communication skills.

Where could it take you?

You will graduate ready to play a leading role in cutting-edge biopharmaceutical engineering anywhere in the world. You could help design and/or deliver next-level manufacturing and processing of therapies based on monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, nucleic acids or immune cells. Your work could reduce the toll of infectious diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes. You may even choose to follow the masters course with research towards a PhD.


  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering^
  • Be mentored by our world-class academics and industry experts
  • Undertake a significant biopharmaceutical engineering research project

^ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 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 a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM230
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of Science, Engineering, Technology or related backgrounds with a minimum GPA of 4.5.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM230

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $39,000

Scholarships

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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Careers

Potential careers

Pharmaceutical Engineering, Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Organic Chemical Engineer

Degree Structure

To qualify for the degree of the Master of Biopharmaceutical Engineering, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study with a combined total of 48 units.

If undertaking the Research Pathway, students must complete:

  • Core courses to the value of 24 units
  • Elective courses to the value of 6 units; and
  • a major Research Project to the value of 18 units.

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:
Research Project
Students must complete all of the following:

Electives
Students must choose 4 of the following (12 units)


Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

Assessment

Assessment includes course and project work. All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 weeks of practical experience outside normal class time. Practical experience can be undertaken in Australia or overseas.

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Last updated: Friday, 22 Oct 2021