The Master of Biotechnology is a 72-unit program offered by the College of Medicine and Public Health.
Applicants must normally have completed an approved degree in a biological, agricultural or medical science at an approved tertiary institution. However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The Master of Biotechnology course aims to develop graduates who are able to function as practitioners in the interdisciplinary, global research-intensive biotechnology industry. It is designed to enhance graduates’ abilities to contribute to the development of scientifically sound, ethical and culturally sensitive solutions to complex problems for the economic and social benefit of society. It aims to develop graduates who work effectively within team environments and improve their practice through critical reflection and learning.
On successful completion of the course, graduates should be able to:
- transfer and apply core scientific concepts to develop solutions in the biotechnology industry
- work in ways that are informed by knowledge of the legislative, regulatory, commercial, scientific and social environment
- use critical analysis and problem solving skills to develop, plan and implement innovative solutions within a diverse range of biotechnology industry sectors
- synthesise information and communicate effectively, succinctly and sensitively with the scientific community, co-workers, government agencies, investors, the broad public and particular cultural and Indigenous communities
- apply judgement and initiative to propose and prioritise work strategies in consultation with co-workers to achieve timely completion of a project
- work in a multidisciplinary team and incorporate the views of all stakeholders including Indigenous groups, and use self-awareness and consultation to understand their role within a group and how they can best contribute to the group
- articulate a conscious understanding of their own values and demonstrate respect for the values of others and the ability to view an ethical dilemma from multiple view points
- inform society of impending developments and engage in a constructive debate
- incorporate understanding and awareness of Indigenous and other communities’ religious beliefs and culture into biotechnology practice
- plan and conduct research projects and effectively communicate research findings
- apply their understanding of the commercialisation processes to biotechnology products or services.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Biotechnology, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study as below.
Except with the permission of the Biotechnology Examinations Board, no topic may be attempted more than twice.
Core - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising:
BIOL8005 Protein to Proteome GE (4.5 units)
BTEC8002 Molecular Biotechnology (4.5 units)
BTEC8003 Legal, Ethical and Social Aspects of Bioscience GE (4.5 units)
BTEC8005 Human Molecular Genetics (4.5 units)
BTEC9006 Professional Skills for Biotechnology (4.5 units)
BTEC9008 Industrial and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology GE (4.5 units)
BTEC9012 Environmental Biotechnology GE (4.5 units)
ENGR9704 Engineering Management (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
36 units comprising:
BIOL8802 Bioinformatics (4.5 units)
BTEC8004 BioBusiness (4.5 units)
BTEC9010 Medical Biotechnology GE (4.5 units)
BTEC9100A Biotechnology Research Project A (13.5/22.5 units)
BTEC9100B Biotechnology Research Project B (9/22.5 units)