Bachelor of Biotechnology (BBiotech)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The field of biotechnology is constantly evolving and utilises current technologies such as protein separation technologies, genomics and proteomics to produce foods, drugs and other products. This program provides training in both the molecular basis for biotechnology and the bioprocess technology, which are required for the development of biotechnology products. This program provides students with a unique cross disciplinary approach and is based on the areas of molecular biology, animal, plant and microbial biotechnology, structural biology and bioprocess engineering. 

The Bachelor of Biotechnology is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding biotechnology Demonstrate an integrative understanding of biotechnology by: 1.1 explaining the role and relevance of biotechnology and its related disciplines in society 1.2 understanding the major economic, social and policy drivers that underpin biotechnological practice 1.3 understanding how information is adopted and the context within which the biotechnology industry makes decisions.
  2. Knowledge of biotechnology Exhibit depth and breadth of knowledge of biotechnology by: 2.1 demonstrating well-developed knowledge of the core sciences in the context of biotechnology 2.2 demonstrating a basic knowledge of economics, business and social science as they apply to biotechnology.
  3. Inquiry and problem solving Critically analyse and address complex problems in biotechnology by: 3.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 3.2 designing and planning an investigation 3.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation or develop a biotechnological process. 3.4 collecting, accurately recording, analysing, interpreting and reporting data.
  4. Communication Be effective communicators of biotechnology by communicating with a wide range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
  5. Personal and professional responsibility Be accountable for their own learning and professional work by: 5.1 being independent and self-directed learners 5.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 5.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to biotechnology 5.4 personally practising ethical conduct.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Biotechnology

There shall be a Bachelor of Biotechnology.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Biotechnology, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 39 units.
  2. Elective courses to the value of 33 units.
  3. Level I courses not exceeding 30 units.
  4. Level III Science courses to the value of at least 24 units.
  5. Broadening experience.

Core Courses