The University of Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology

The University of Melbourne

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

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.

Designed for

Students seeking a graduate-level program in Biotechnology; graduates pursuing a career and/or promotion in the biotechnology industries


The Master of Biotechnology is a 200-point program, made up of:Core subjects (125 points), including either the Industry Project in Biotechnology or the Business Project in Biotechnology (25 points)Elective subjects (75 points), selecting from science, business, finance, accounting, bioethics, communication and law subjects.


  • Biotechnology

Standard entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in an appropriate scientific discipline with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent.


The Master of Biotechnology is affiliated as a Professional Science Masters (PSM) program with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

Study pathways

The University of Melbourne Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedicine are pathways to this graduate program.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Parkville Domestic: $71,897
International: $103,648
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

Biotechnology is applied to many fields of industry and research, such as modern medicine and pharmaceuticals (producing antibiotics, creating vaccines), animal breeding (DNA profiling and cloning), and food science (producing more nutritious food and/or genetically modified food). Graduates can find rewarding careers in sectors and occupations such as: product development, project management, pharmaceutical industry, investment analysis, health sector, quality control, hospitals, primary industries and biochemical industries.

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