Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Enterprise)

    Course overview

    • 1 year part time
    • Online
    • Available to domestic and international students
    • Term 1 Intake - January and Term 2 Intake - April


    Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) will be available in 2021 for eligible domestic students. Places are limited.

    Whether via enhancing global food production or pursuing advances in cancer prophylactics, therapeutics or diagnostics, biotechnology professionals can deliver huge opportunities for the wellbeing of our global population. But to accelerate commercial success within the industry, scientific expertise must be matched with comprehensive business understanding.

    The University of Melbourne’s Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Enterprise) will help you leverage your existing knowledge to sharpen your business skills and examine the intersection of the commercial and technical realities of your sector. You will learn from experts drawn from across the University and external organisations, who bring a wealth of real-world, international experience in disciplines as diverse as business, law, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and agriculture.

    In four subjects of your choosing, you will explore relevant ethical, political and legal challenges, and understand some of the common stumbling blocks encountered when taking a product into market. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of key non-technical areas such as finance, return on investment, regulatory affairs, risk management and marketing, you will develop a clear competitive advantage in your sector.

    Ideal for currently working professionals, this program is designed to be undertaken part-time and is delivered 100% online – allowing you to study from anywhere in the world.

    Who is this course for?

    This program is ideal for professionals working within the life sciences, pharmaceutical, biomedical and biomedical engineering, and agricultural and food biotechnology sectors. You may already be working in biotechnology enterprises and looking to assume wider management or leadership responsibilities, or you may be working in the life sciences sectors and seeking to broaden your understanding and move into a biotechnology-related role.

    International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.


    This course is part of a study pathway with the Specialist Certificate in Biotechnology (Enterprise). The Graduate Certificate offers a deeper, extended insight into the field, and enables you to choose additional elective subjects in areas of your interest.