Master of Biotechnology - Clinical Microbiology

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

Students will study molecular biology and immunology, molecular pathogenesis of human and animal infections, and diagnosis of major microbial infections including molecular techniques for rapid diagnosis. Special emphasis is placed on the application of new technologies to solve problems like development of new diagnostic tests and vaccines.


  • 192 credit points. This incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points). Applied biochemical methods
  • Bacterial infections
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomolecules and cellular regulation
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology: regulation and law
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Computational biology
  • Diagnostics and biotherapies
  • Gene technologies
  • Immunology
  • Medical genetics and diagnostics
  • Medical microbiology
  • Medical mycology
  • Pathogenesis of enteric infections
  • Research methods
  • Research project
  • Scientific skills and tools
  • Viral infections
  • Work experience practicum.


  • Clinical microbiology

Standard entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 in Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, or equivalent. Successful completion of a Chemistry or Biochemistry and Microbiology course in a bachelor degree.


Depending on courses studied: The Australian Society for Microbiology, Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Microbiology, British Mycological Society, Australian Institute of Biology, International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Asian Fisheries Society, World Aquaculture Society, Zoological Society of London, Australasian Society for Ecotoxicology, Australian Society for Limnology.

Study pathways

Relevant work experience at an appropriate level and duration is recognised as an equivalent to 1 full-time semester or 1 part-time year. Applications for recognition of work experience are assessed on an individual basis. If applicants have completed a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology at another institution they may receive up to 96 credit points towards the Master of Biotechnology, depending on the equivalence of courses.

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Further information

If applicants have not successfully completed a microbiology course at undergraduate level, or an equivalent, they will be required to enrol in second year microbiology during their first semester.

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