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The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • 29% international / 71% domestic

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Biotechnology (Honours)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Prepare for the future with a program at the forefront of innovation that teaches advanced skills in established and emerging engineering disciplines, and combine life sciences theory, specialised practical training and entrepreneurial skills.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
5.5 years full-time
Course Code
2348, 080733M
Intake Months
Feb, Aug
International Fees
$44,672 per year / $245,696 total

About this course

This dual degree combines understanding the practical and theoretical requirements for a professional engineering qualification with learning the exciting and new commercialisation aspects of the growing biotechnology industry.

UQ's respected Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program is one of the most comprehensive in Australia for design, technology and innovation. During your first year of study you can choose your specialisation, or undertake a flexible first year which allows you to keep your options open so you have the opportunity to experience the diverse range of engineering disciplines. Depending on your choice of major, you might find work anywhere from infrastructure and hospitals to energy and software.

With your studies for Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours), you'll gain a strong foundation in molecular genetics, microbiology, immunology, physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics, as well as the commercial and entrepreneurial aspects of biotechnology. You'll also learn about biotechnology's varied applications, from antibody engineering to fight disease to genetic plant engineering for increasing agricultural yields. You'll gain knowledge that will enable you to take on any number of careers roles that help feed, fuel and heal the planet.

Study locations

St Lucia

What you will learn

Program highlights
  • Learn from the best in courses integrating technology with active learning, so you get the knowledge and practical skills to thrive in a constantly changing world.
  • Acquire the engineering qualifications that set you apart in the job market, prove your leadership material and provide a pathway to future research or learning.
  • Gain advanced knowledge of how biotechnology uses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop new technologies and products that can change people's lives.
  • Receive hands-on experience in laboratories and industry settings through practical placements and internships so you're career ready come graduation.

1 in Australia for biotechnology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Career pathways

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Bioprocess scientist
  • Product support specialist
  • Field application scientist
  • Biopharmaceutical scientist
  • Bioprocess development engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Service engineer
  • Technical manager