Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 314691
Catapult yourself to the forefront of this dynamic and fast-evolving industry.
Biotechnology is developing rapidly. Ten years ago, 90% of biotechnology jobs didn’t exist.
In this degree, you’ll discover technologies such as protein separation, genomics and proteomics to produce foods, drugs and other products. Imagine using the revolutionary gene editing technology at the first Genome Editing Facility in Australia. With us you can.
This degree covers both the molecular basis for biotechnology and the bioprocess technology. You’ll learn about molecular biology, animal, plant and microbial biotechnology, structural biology and bioprocess engineering.
You’ll benefit from a unique cross-disciplinary approach, which incorporates science, plus engineering, computer and mathematical sciences.
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I am a:
SATAC Code 314691 2017 CSP ATAR 74.55 2017 CSP IB 25 2017 Adelaide Approved Score 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Mid-year entry Subject to availability Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses. Enquiries Ask Adelaide
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 314691
- Higher Education applicants
You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. 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.
- Special Entry applicants
You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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.
- Without formal qualifications?
You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
- Other Entry Pathways
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 International ATAR 75 International Baccalaureate (IB) 25 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70 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 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74 Eynesbury Foundation Program 360 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines 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 Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. 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
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000
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, Lecturer, Life Scientist, Medical Scientist, Molecular Biology, Neuroscientist, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Plant Biotechnologist, Research Scientist, Science Communicators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer
A Global Learning 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 the Global Learning Office, 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 Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and ExchangeThe 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. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
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
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 CHEM ENG 2015 Principles of Biotechnology II Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Approved Level II Elective 1 x 3 units Year 3 S1 For a major in Biochemistry
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 Biochemistry
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: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017