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The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • 29% international / 71% domestic

Master of Molecular Biology Research Extensive

  • Masters (Research)

Get a head start in molecular biology research.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Research)
2 years full-time
Course Code
5625, 085548E
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
International Fees
$41,040 per year / $82,080 total

About this course

If your goal is to work at the coalface of molecular biology research, this two-year program will give you a head start. It'll enhance your technical and research skills in core areas of molecular biology, protein technology and bioinformatics through a two- or three-semester laboratory immersion. You can undertake the research within university laboratories, in an industry setting with co-supervision by one of our academics, or as a placement under an industry-based supervisor in a company, government department or other suitable organisation.

You'll learn the latest techniques in molecular biology, like protein engineering, artificial evolution, enzymology, high-throughput screening, bioinformatics, ancestral sequence reconstruction, fundamental methods of molecular cloning, protein purification and LC-MS analysis of small molecules.

You'll also learn how to formulate a hypothesis, design and execute experiments, and become familiar with Australian safety standards. Regular consultations with your supervisor allow you to discuss progress and receive feedback and guidance.

In your last semester, you'll hone your scientific communication skills when you present your findings in a scientific manuscript suitable for publication in a relevant scientific journal, and for peer review to your lab group members.

Study locations

St Lucia

What you will learn

  • Learn from scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs in safer vaccines, antibiotic resistance, viral infections and early breast cancer detection.
  • Enhance your technical and research skills in core areas of molecular biology, protein technology and bioinformatics.
  • Put theory into practice, build relationships with potential employers and mentors, and test career options.

Career pathways

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

  • Analytical biochemist
  • Genetic pathologist
  • Immunologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Environmental biologist
  • Biomedical science lecturer
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biopharmaceutical scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Embryologist