Course overview

  • 2 years full time / 4 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


Imagine bringing a new cancer diagnostic test from the lab safely to market, via patent applications, through regulatory and quality assurance systems, capital raising, marketing and finally sales.

Each step requires advanced technical skills but also business acumen and communications skills.

Biotechnology uses fundamental biological and medical knowledge to develop new processes and products in health, agribusiness, food and other areas of human technology.

The Master of Biotechnology gives you the opportunity to study all aspects of the biotechnology product pipeline, and you’ll have the chance to put your knowledge into practice with one of our industry partners.

In demand globally

By 2025 the biotechnology industry is predicted to have annual turnover of around $1 trillion.

Most jobs in biotechnology companies require both a scientific background and an understanding of the commercial requirements of the industry, and that’s why our graduates are in demand in the diverse and growing biotech industry.

Located in the heart of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct

Sometimes it’s not what you know, but who, and in this course you’ll be based in the heart of Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct, learning from leading researchers in the field and benefiting from our extensive network of partners across the industry.

Work with industry on real-world problems

Taking our Industry Project in Biotechnology will put your skills to the test, solving a real biotechnology-related problem with one of our industry partners, which include CSL, Trajan Scientific and Sienna Cancer Diagnostics.

If you’d like to gain even more real-world experience, you can choose to complete an internship in a science or technology-related workplace for course credit.

More than just technical skills

We know that soft skills are important too, which is why we include subjects on business, scientific communication and leadership, to ensure you’ll be ready to enter the biotechnology industry with confidence.