Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical)

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.

  • Ranked 85 globally world for Life Sciences and Medicine*
  • World-leaders in vaccine discovery for respiratory diseases
  • Univesity of Adelaide key player in Adelaide's BioMed City

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM162
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the fields of Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related, with a minimum GPA of 4.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 27 90.0%
    All students 30 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $40,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Medical Scientist;  Biomedical Scientist;  Molecular Biology;  Biotechnology;  Plant Biotechnologist;  Diagnostic Technician;  Research Associates;  Research Scientist;  Epidemiologist;  Scientific Officer ...

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.

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]


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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Last updated: Tuesday, 26 Mar 2024