RMIT University

Master of Biotechnology - Food Science

RMIT University

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

The Master of Biotechnology focuses on the study of living systems to address challenges in the environment, health or food science.Students will explore gene and protein technologies, bioinformatics, and various microbiology and food science disciplines, both in the classroom and via a strong component of hands-on laboratory practicals.This program includes an option to complete one semester of either work experience in the form of an industry placement, or a research project where you’ll complete minor thesis.All students have the opportunity to analyse real-world data when they undertake a research project.


This program emphasises the practical application of new knowledge and technologies, and includes an optional semester of work experience or a research project.Year one focuses on the development of core skills and knowledge, allowing you to specialise by selecting subjects relevant to the biotechnology stream that may include systems biology, functional genomics and proteomics, gene technologies, protein technology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and business, to name a few.Year two further develops your specialisation. Here you will choose courses from a selected minor option (science, food science or clinical microbiology) and apply your skills through an opportunity to complete an optional work placement or research project with an institute or industry partner.

Standard entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 in biological sciences, food science/technology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, agricultural science or chemical engineering, or equivalent.


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, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Bundoora International: $76,800 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
Melbourne City International: $76,800 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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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