Bachelor of Biotechnology

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

Biotechnology is an exciting field of science with important applications in medicine, agriculture and food production. As a graduate, you can work in many areas including production of vaccines, antibiotics and drugs, creating alternative fuels, quality control, and even producing the latest flavours and sweeteners for the food industry. During your studies, you will learn how to use innovative and sustainable technologies for the benefit of your community, wider Australia and overseas. This laboratory-based degree has a core of basic science studies including principles of modern instrumentation, experimental design and data analysis, biochemical and microbiological techniques and recombinant DNA technology. You can also explore in depth your favourite area through a research project in your final year as well as your choice of electives. This degree includes compulsory online courses.


This program consists of 360 credit points. Students will undertake a mix of theoretical and practical courses, consisting of four 15-credit point courses per semester. Students will complete 19 core courses including, and 5 specialisation elective courses.


  • Analytics
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Research
  • Statistics
  • Scientific Communication

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 - Prerequisites Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English
  • And a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science
  • ATAR. Non Year 12 - Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the Federation University Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST)
  • Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher
  • Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

Study pathways

A science based TAFE Diploma or Certificate IV. The Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program is an alternative entry method into tertiary studies. Students can progress to a Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $83,400 No information available Yes No information available
Gippsland (Churchill) International: $83,400 No information available Yes No information available

Further information

This program is available via Online Learning, in combination with one to two weeks (depending on the program) of compulsory on-campus laboratory sessions. These lab sessions are held in semester one and semester two in each year of the program. Students will also be required to complete examinations either on-campus, or at an approved remote exam location in their region, under supervision. Links with regional industries enable final-year students to participate in directed biotechnological research in an applied research project. Domestic students may apply for the Industry Placement Program (IPP) which offers up to 26 weeks of industry based experience. IPP students receive a scholarship payment of up to $15,000. Further information:

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