Master of Biotechnology

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Program Description

Master of Biotechnology

The University of Western Australia - Faculty of Science

Master of Biotechnology

Unique in Australia, this course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection.

Introduction

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, and new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship, all central requirements as the global population increases over the coming decades.

Course description, features and facilities

Using world-leading research staff in the Faculty of Science and business experts in the UWA Business School, along with mentors in biotechnology companies, you are provided with the fundamental academic and business skills needed to make a significant contribution to the biotechnology sector.

You will train in the theory of genetics and molecular biology and receive comprehensive skills training in ‘next generation’ practical techniques such as proteomics, metabolomics, genomics and recombinant DNA methods. These core skills will be complemented by both basic and advanced bioinformatics practices.

The Master of Biotechnology has specialisations in:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Genetics and Genomics

Structure

The Master of Biotechnology is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation. At the time of application students nominate a specialisation from one of the following;

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Genetics and Genomics

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course outlines for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the Faculty of Science website.

Career opportunities

The Master of Biotechnology is a cross-disciplinary degree, providing graduates with a unique combination of state-of-the-art science and business skills, in a subject area rapidly expanding as society faces increasingly significant population pressures.

Graduates will be ready to compete internationally in a range of roles – from large multi-nationals and spinout companies, to governmental organisations and international research laboratories – or start companies of their own.

Related careers

  • Academic
  • Agricultural Consultant
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geneticist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist

Further study opportunities

Students with a Master of Biotechnology may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

Scholarships

Find out what scholarships are available for new students.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 5, 2016
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