Master of Biopharmaceutical Engineering Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM230
CRICOS 0101345

Deliver life-saving medicines to the world

Biopharmaceuticals have a critical role to play in improving global health. The more effectively and efficiently these powerful medicines can be designed and produced, the more lives they will save.

Professionals with specialist biopharmaceutical engineering training are in demand worldwide. Our new 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 human insulin or interferons. Your work could reduce the toll of cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes. You may even choose to follow the masters course with research towards a PhD.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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

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    SATAC Code 3CM230
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    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

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 0101345
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    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
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced 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
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor's degree with Science, Engineering, Technology or related backgrounds with a minimum GPA of 4.5
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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:

    Students must choose 4 of the following (12 units)

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


    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.
  • Further Information

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Last updated: Friday, 5 Feb 2021