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Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

  • Masters (Coursework)

This cutting-edge course provides hands-on experience and knowledge of the latest techniques in biotechnology and bioinformatics research as well as nanotechnology and bio-processing technologies.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
S772, 096753J
Intake Months

About this course

This cutting-edge course provides hands-on experience and knowledge of the latest techniques in biotechnology and bioinformatics research as well as nanotechnology and bio-processing technologies. Throughout the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, you will gain experience in the use of various molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics tools, along with the opportunity to operate analytical equipment similar to those used in industrial scale production facilities.

Industry connectedness is an integral part of this course and ensures students have opportunities to gain an industry perspective and establish professional networks prior to graduation.

Guest lectures from key industry partners are embedded into the curriculum to provide students with an understanding of industry-engaged research and commercialisation in the biotechnology environment.

Want to experience operating cutting-edge analytical equipment?

Throughout the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics students will also gain experience operating cutting-edge analytical equipment and cover a wide range of emerging topics in biotechnology and, importantly, research management and business skills. Students also have the opportunity to participate in site visits and can undertake a research project.

Following successful completion of the course, graduates may choose to pursue further research through a PhD, or seek employment in industry or government roles. Alternatively, students may choose to exit early with a Graduate Certificate of Research Management or Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

Entry requirements

Entry will be based on performance in:

  • a Bachelor degree in same discipline with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% OR,
  • a Graduate Certificate in same discipline, OR
  • a Bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS 3 years relevant work experience.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

As a graduate of this course, you will be uniquely positioned to commence a PhD or actively pursue research roles in industry, education, government, policy developments and teaching. Depending on your chosen area/s of expertise, you may choose to seek employment as a bioinformatician animal scientist, botanist, chemist, food scientist, material scientist, metallurgist, molecular biologist, communications specialist, researcher or science journalist. Potential employers include CSIRO, government research institutes and departments, private research institutes, health sector, private commercial companies, industrial research companies, universities, schools, agriculture and food sector, local councils and public service.

A biotechnology qualification is also highly relevant and extremely versatile in Research and Development (R&D) roles within both public and private sector research institutes. Many biotech companies engaged in manufacturing employ qualified biotechnologists as manufacturing associates in a supervisory and management capacity. Graduates also have the opportunity to become biotech product specialist and play a valuable role in marketing and selling a variety of biotechnological products ranging from biotech instruments to reagents related to genomics or proteomics. Many biotechnologists are also engaged in the rapidly expanding field of bioinformatics and contribute towards drafting biotech patent applications under the supervision of a patent lawyer.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, students must attain 16 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 16 credit points, you'll need to study 16 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

Year 1 (8 credit points):

  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 7 core units (7 credit points)
  • 1 elective unit (1 credit point)

Year 2 (8 credit points):

  • Research pathway or Industry Practice pathway (8 credit points)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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