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Master of Biotechnology (Plant Biotechnology)

Campus Waite Campus

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM029

CRICOS 056489G

Plant biotechnology is a dynamic industry where science and technology meet to create sustainable solutions to many of our planet’s environmental problems.

This postgraduate degree allows you to apply your biotechnology knowledge to plant production, human and animal health, biofuels, and ultimately to regulation and commercialisation of plant biotechnology.

You’ll focus on plant form and function from molecular, genetic and bio-chemical perspectives.

The program is designed as a series of short courses, integrating scientific communication, critical thinking, problem solving and bioinformatics. It’s half coursework and half research, and you’ll report your research findings in a manuscript. 

scholarships for international students

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM029
    Intake February
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A Bachelors degree in a related field or equivalent with a GPA of 5.0 or better. Applicants with GPAs below 5.0 may be considered.

    Please note the program is only available for Semester 1 entry.

    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM029

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 056489G
    Intake February
    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
    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
    Tertiary Qualifications Relevant degree with high level of academic achievement eg: Plant Science, Biotechnology, Science and Agriculture.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $29,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500


    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

    Career Readiness

    Careers in plant biotechnology will help transform food production and environmental management.

    You’ll be set up for a career in:

    • government departments
    • universities and private companies in research and development
    • advisory and consultancy positions.

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, Laboratory Technician, Management Consultant, Marketing - Agriculture, Food & Wine, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Statistician, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser

  • Global Learning

    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.

  • Degree Structure

    The Masters is a 48-unit program, comprising 24 units of coursework and 24 units of research. If a student is awarded status/credit for relevant professional and/or research experience, they are required to complete 12 units of research. Students will report their research findings in a manuscript published in either a refereed journal or by the school.

    The Masters consist of all listed core courses.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan


    All candidates shall complete a research project of not longer than 20,000 words:


    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 and thesis delivery.

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Monday, 1 Jan 2018