A single two-year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Science.Researchers in the biological sciences at ANU work on issues of global importance, including food security in both Australia and the developing world, new treatments for cancer and type 2 diabetes, and fighting malaria drug resistance. Our Master's program is research-led and features teaching contributions from more than 60 academics, leading scientists in these fields, who bring their experience and current breakthroughs to the classroom.

We offer our Master's students state-of-the-art laboratories, research infrastructure, and flexible learning facilities. We pride ourselves on the support we give students, so we’ll help you design your degree to complement your prior study and to suit your interests. The Master of Biotechnology is a coursework program that provides a pathway for science graduates with background knowledge in biochemistry, molecular biology and chemistry to acquire new knowledge, or extend and update their theoretical and practical understanding of modern biotechnology.

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Throughout the program, students have many opportunities to interface with scientists who are advancing research in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in the biomedical, animal and plant sciences. The Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) incorporates a research project and thesis and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate high-level knowledge in the area of biotechnology;
  2. Apply their knowledge in biotechnology to new problems;
  3. Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biotechnology;
  4. Demonstrate basic and complex laboratory skills that are commonly used in biotechnology research;
  5. Perform experimental work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
  6. Communicate own research work to peers and research scientists;
  7. Clearly present theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide. The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row. Examples of graduate positions include Scientific Officer, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research; Research Project Officer, CSIRO; Research Assistant, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (Taiwan); and Lecturer, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University (Indonesia).

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70% and at least eight courses in cognate disciplines. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit. Cognate disciplines: Biochemistry, molecular biology and gene technology.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students is $29,280.00 and for international students is $39,000.00.

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies. Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
2 years
27,840 AUD
Annual indicative fee for domestic students. Annual indicative fee for international students $37,104.00.
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