Within this major, you can choose to specialise in:

  • Agri-food Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biotechnology (choose from Genetics and Cell and Developmental Biology streams)
  • Biomedical Biotechnology (choose from Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Pharmacology streams)
  • Chemical Biotechnology (only available in the Bachelor of Science).

Building on a foundation in the basic sciences, you will gain knowledge and skills specific to the specialisation you’ve chosen.

You’ll also gain an understanding of how science is taken from the research laboratory to local and global marketplaces, including the regulatory and financial contexts.

Your major structure

You can study this major in the Bachelor of Biomedicine or Bachelor of Science.

Bachelor of Biomedicine

You will take 8 core subjects (125 points) across your degree that will build an understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences (4 in first year, 2 in second year and 2 in third year).

In your third year, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of deep and specialised study in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Throughout your degree you will also take elective and breadth (non-science) subjects.

Bachelor of Science

In your first and second years you will complete the subjects that are prerequisites for your major, including chemistry and/or biology subjects.

In your third year, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of deep and specialised study in your chosen specialisation of biotechnology.

Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) subjects.


Belinda Quang

“There are countless possibilities when you are able to combine science and business. I believe one of the reasons why biotechnology is a rapidly expanding field is that it has both book and street smarts in its application.”

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