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The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • 29% international / 71% domestic

Master of Biotechnology Research Extensive

  • Masters (Research)

Equip yourself with advanced scientific skills and the business, legal and regulatory understanding needed to translate discoveries from the laboratory to real life.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Research)
2 years full-time
Course Code
5627, 085552J
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
International Fees
$41,040 per year / $82,080 total

About this course

The Master of Biotechnology Research Extensive program is designed for scientists who wish to increase their technical and research skills in core areas of biotechnology, and to obtain a more extended laboratory immersion than is available in the three semester MBiotech. The extended program also provides strong preparation for entry into a PhD program.

For your two years of full-time studies, you'll select from more than 30 courses, allowing you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals.

Specialise in Agricultural Biotechnology to discover how to meet environmental and food security challenges with gene editing, genomics, proteomics, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and disease diagnostics. Alternatively, you can choose electives in molecular genetics, food microbiology, entrepreneurship and strategy, intellectual property, drug discovery, immunology and more.

Through an independent research project, you will increase your technical and research skills working with the university's researchers and academics or in an industry setting. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in internships, placements and international study.

With more than 400 biotechnology companies and some 600 medical device companies in Australia alone, graduates are highly sought after for roles in health, agriculture, diagnostics, the environment, forestry, law and commerce.

Study locations

St Lucia

What you will learn

  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification through UQ's Masters of Biotechnology Program, accredited by the US Council of Graduate Schools (Washington DC) as a Professional Science Master's program.
  • Learn from entrepreneurial scientists who have successfully commercialised their scientific discoveries.
  • Take advantage of a large suite of electives in science that underpin new biotechnologies.

Career pathways

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Plant breeding and engineering specialist
  • Nanotechnology and biosensor application specialist
  • Diagnostic test producer
  • Business plan analyst
  • Pharmaceutical developer
  • University researcher
  • Venture capital consultant
  • Plant breeding, engineering, cropping or horticulture specialist
  • Plant and animal geneticist
  • Agricultural advisory board member