Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) (Advanced) (MBIBADV)

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 (


This program explores the full spectrum of the biotechnology sector, spanning the discovery, research and development phases. Students will use a range of technology platforms, and develop highly competitive laboratory, research and project management skills. In addition, students will examine many of the contemporary issues related to biotechnology, including compliance and regulation, commercialisation and risk management strategies.

Biomedical research and its applications are a key focus of the curriculum, particularly as they relate to career opportunities in the Asia Pacific region.

The Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) is an AQF Level 9 Masters qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years. Students enrolled in this program must complete the first year with a GPA of equal to or greater than 6.0 or will be required to transfer to the Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Have high level knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the content, technologies and practices of biotechnology and how they are translated to biomedical applications.
  2. Be able to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise biomedical, business and industry and social information from a wide variety of sources in a planned, structured and timely manner.
  3. Be able to communicate scientific and biotechnological knowledge across a wide range of cultural contexts, and to effectively communicate within working groups.
  4. Be able to evaluate, select and have demonstrated extensive use of appropriate contemporary biotechnology and biomedical science to collect, accurately record, analyse, interpret and report both quantitative and qualitative data.
  5. Be able to communicate the importance of continuous improvement and learning, and the application of multi-disciplinary approaches in biotechnology.
  6. Be able to commit to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the global biotechnology community.
  7. Be able to discuss the importance of the ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities in biotechnologies in particular.
  8. Be able to communicate an understanding of how biomedical research can result in beneficial outcomes.


Condition of Continuing Enrolment: A student must complete 24 units of the coursework with a GPA of equal to or greater than 6.0 before commencing the research project.

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 Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) (Advanced)

There shall be a Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) (Advanced).

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) (Advanced), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 12 units
  2. Research equivalent courses to the value of 24 units in the form of a research project 
  3. Elective courses to the value of 12 units

Core Courses

  • Core Courses

    To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 12 units.

    All of the following courses must be completed:

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    BIOTECH 7000 Advanced Research Platforms 3
    BIOTECH 7003 Advanced Research Techniques 3
    BIOTECH 7030 Science Commercialisation & Innovation 3


    Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    EDUC 7055 Research Communication 3
    EDUC 7055OL Research Communication 3
  • Research

    To satisfy the requirements for Research students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

    24 units of coursework must be completed prior to commencing the research project. Students must complete a research project with a written thesis of not longer than 20,000 words.

    All of the following courses must be completed:

    Students are required to take both the Part 1 and the matching Part 2 course

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    BIOTECH 7020A Research Project Part 1 0
    BIOTECH 7020B Research Project Part 2 24