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Master of Biotechnology in Australia

Top ranking universities in Australia, such as, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Deakin University and La Trobe University offer the Masters of Biotechnology degree. Given below is the overview of the universities as well as the complete list of Masters degrees that they offer in biotechnology along with course information, such as, annual tuition fee, duration, subject areas that will be covered etc.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has 42,000 students, including 6000 from overseas, and an annual budget of more than AU$750 million. QUT was recently ranked as Australia's top university under 50 years old in the 2013 Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 and it is also one of only two universities in Queensland to be awarded 5 Stars in the 2012 Good Universities Guide for student success in getting a job after university.

Master of Biotechnology

This postgraduate coursework program will suit anyone who has a recent undergraduate degree (preferably, however not necessarily, in science) and who wishes to gain training and advanced specialisation in general, medical and/or plant biotechnology. The program also caters for working scientists, support staff or students involved in commercial aspects of biotechnology, who wish to update their theoretical and practical biotechnology skills.

Science-based biotechnology units emphasising laboratory skills and hands-on laboratory experimentation feature prominently in the program, which covers contemporary techniques in biotechnology. New technology is incorporated as it becomes available. The program also offers students opportunities to pursue studies related to the business of biotechnology, marketing, commercialisation, as well as the legal and ethical aspects of biotechnological applications.

Duration: 1.5 years

Location: Gardens Point campus, Brisbane

Intake: July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ 26,000

Apply/Enquire: To know more about this degree including, how to apply, admission requirements, scholarships etc. please fill out our online enquiry form.

Note: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) also offers an advanced version of this degree, known as, Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) . This duration of this program is 2 years and all the other details ,such as, location, annual tuition fee, intake etc are the same as above.


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia's largest tertiary institution. In 2013, RMIT was ranked in the top 10 universities in Australia and in the top 20 universities worldwide under 50 years old (QS World University Rankings). It was also ranked 75th in the world by global employers for graduate employability in the 2013 QS World University Rankings. The University has a student population of 74,000 which includes 30,000 international students.

Master of Biotechnology

At RMIT, you can study one of the major streams - Clinical Microbiology, Food Microbiology or Food Science and Technology - or you can combine courses and graduate with a generic degree in biotechnology.

Here are some examples of the courses that are offered as part of this degree: Applied Biochemical Methods, Bioinformatics, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Microbiology, Food Chemistry, Gene Technologies, Immunology, Industrial Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Microbial Evaluation of Food, Pathogenesis of Enteric Infections and Viral Infections.

High-achieving students have the opportunity to take part in either one semester of full-time research or work experience in year two of the degree.

Duration: 2 years

Location: City Campus , Melbourne

Intake: February and July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ 31,680

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Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)

The Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology) offers compulsory courses in molecular biology and immunology as well as specific courses in molecular pathogenesis of human and animal infections, diagnosis of the major microbial infections of humans and animals, including molecular techniques for rapid diagnosis. The degree places special emphasis on the application of new technologies to solve problems such as development of new diagnostic tests and vaccines.

High-achieving students can do either one semester of full-time research or work experience in year two of the degree.

Duration: 2 years

Location: City Campus , Melbourne

Intake: February and July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ 31,680

Apply/Enquire: To know more about this degree including, how to apply, admission requirements, scholarships etc. please fill out our online enquiry form.

Master of Biotechnology (Food Microbiology)

In this postgraduate food microbiology program, students will study core courses in molecular biology and immunology, as well as courses in the microbiology of foods with respect to food spoilage organisms and food-borne pathogens. Students undertake training in: microbial ecology of food, methods to control the growth of microorganisms in food, spoilage microorganisms and their effects, food-borne diseases of public health significance, investigating food-borne disease outbreaks, microbiology of different food groups, microorganisms used in the production of food, microorganisms used in foods for health, best practice of storing handling and distribution of food. Special emphasis is placed on the application of new technologies to solve problems such as investigations of outbreaks of food-borne disease.

High-achieving students can do either one semester of full-time research or work experience in year two of the degree.

Duration: 2 years

Location: City Campus , Melbourne

Intake: February and July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ 31,680

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Master of Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)

In this postgraduate program, core courses in molecular biology and immunology as well as elective courses will provide students with a comprehensive view of the food science and technology discipline. The programs bring together modern practices in food processing and recent advances in biotechnology.

Here are some examples of the courses that are offered as part of this degree: Advanced Food Processing Technologies, Applied Biochemical Methods, Bioinformatics, Confectionery and Lipid Technology, Dairy Science and Technology, Food Chemistry, Food Processing Technologies, Food Quality Assurance, Fruit, Vegetable and Beverages Technology, Gene Technologies, Grain Technology, Industrial Microbiology, Microbial Evaluation of Food, Product Development, Protein Technologies, Research Methods and Scientific Skills and Tools.

High-achieving students can do either one semester of full-time research or work experience in year two of the degree..

Duration: 2 years

Location: City Campus , Melbourne

Intake: February and July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ 31,680

Apply/Enquire: To know more about this degree including, how to apply, admission requirements, scholarships etc. please fill out our online enquiry form.


Deakin University

Deakin is Australia's 9th largest university with over 44,000 students, of whom approximately a fifth are international students from over 100 countries. It is ranked 66 in the world in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Universities under 50 years of age rankings (2013) and was awarded a 5 star rating in the QS Ranking system.

Master of Biotechnology

This cutting-edge course provides hands-on experience of the latest techniques in biotechnology research as well as up-to-date bio-processing and production technologies involving mammalian cells, stem cells and other cultures.

Students will gain experience operating cell-culture bioreactors similar to those in industrial scale production facilities. An important component of this course is that each unit includes industry involvement through guest lecturers who bring an industry perspective of research and commercialisation into the biotechnology environment. Industry involvement will also include on site visits for some units. The core units in this course cover a wide range of emerging topics in biotechnology and, importantly, business skills.

The core units in the degree include Foundations of Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics, Agricultural Biotechnology, Cellular Biology and Immunology, Biopharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, Frontier Techniques in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, Laboratory Techniques for Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology and Industrial and Analytical Techniques in Biotechnology.

Duration: 1 year

Location: Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong

Intake: February and July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ AU$ 28,440

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La Trobe University

La Trobe University opened in 1967 as Victoria's third university and has since expanded to become one of Australia's leading higher education institutes. It now has six campuses and accommodates close to 34,000 students. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012 placed La Trobe within the top 400 universities in the world and in May 2012 the QS World University Rankings placed La Trobe University among the top 50 universities in the world under the age of 50.

Master of Biotechnology

This course offers a theoretical and practical education designed to advance students knowledge and skills in molecular biotechnology. The course has a strong research focus that aims to prepare students for work in the sector. The subjects are less lecture-based and more enquiry-based, involving small group workshops and tutorials.

First-year coursework subjects include: Techniques in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics, Bio-Business Management, Protein Chemistry, Science Communication Skills, Skills in Science and Practical Biotechnology.

Duration: 1.5 yearS

Location: Melbourne

Intake: February and July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ AU$ 25,810

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Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

This is a laboratory-based course that aims to equip students with the skills they will need to succeed in the rapidly developing field of biotechnology. The curriculum covers key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data.

The course has a strong research focus and offers students the opportunity to work in a specifically designed laboratory, take part in industry visits and participate in multiple weekly practicals.

First-year coursework subjects include: Techniques in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics, Bio-Business Management, Recent Advances in Biotechnology, Science Communication Skills, Skills in Science and Practical Biotechnology. In the second year, students will be assigned a scientific mentor to focus on their research thesis.

Duration: 2 yearS

Location: Melbourne

Intake: February and July

Annual tuition fee in 2014*: AU$ AU$ 25,810

Apply/Enquire: To know more about this degree including, how to apply, admission requirements, scholarships etc. please fill out our online enquiry form.


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