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Master of Biotechnology

Monash University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
41,900 USD
February 2021

41,900 USD
February 2022

41,900 USD
February 2023
Monash University

Program description

Master of Biotechnology

The Master of Biotechnology integrates biotechnology and entrepreneurship through a range of multidisciplinary coursework, research and work-integrated units in modern areas of studies. In the first year (Part A) of the course, students will be taught theoretical knowledge and practical skills in contemporary biotechnology-related topics, and the processes involved in obtaining research funding and translating biomedical products from lab to life.

In the second year (Part B) of the course, students who achieved ≥ 70% average in their first-year studies will have the opportunity to undertake either a 6-month industry placement in a pharmaceutical, medical device, life science and/ or regulatory organization. Students will also have the option to undertake a research project, where they will work closely with experts in a specialized area of research to advance knowledge of human diseases, and explore therapeutic targets for the prevention and treatment of these conditions. In addition, Part B offers a range of coursework electives in interdisciplinary fields of pioneering developments in biotechnology research and enterprise.

The duration may vary depending on prior qualifications, this course can be completed in 1 or 2 years

Admission requirements

English entry requirements

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (with individual band scores of Writing: 6.0, Listening: 6.5, Reading: 6.5 and Speaking: 6.0)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic):  score of 58 overall with minimum scores: Writing 50, Listening 58, Reading 58, Speaking 50
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing 21, Listening 20, Reading 19, Speaking 18

For more information about entry requirements please visit the university website.

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Program content

The course is structured in two parts:

  • Part A: Core Biotechnology studies and
  • Part B: Application studies.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will:

  1. demonstrate mastery in theoretical knowledge in major contemporary fields of biotechnology and its applications
  2. differentiate between the processes involved in the development, regulation, commercialization and marketing of biotechnological products
  3. identify the ethical issues relating to research and the research question in the field of biotechnology and where, appropriate, apply ethical principles to the conduct of research within this field
  4. initiate new or innovative research informed approaches to resolving practical challenges within the field of medical biotechnology
  5. demonstrate proficiency in laboratory based technologies and techniques fundamental to biotechnological research
  6. critically appraise and interpret the implications of data arising from these technologies and techniques
  7. plan, justify and implement research in the field of medical biotechnology
  8. apply effective and strategic problem-solving, organizational and teamwork skills to the field of biotechnology
  9. effectively implement and evaluate technological advancements in biotechnology within workplace settings

Continuing studies

Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a graduate research degree for students admitted at entry level 1 completing the research pathway (48 credit points) in Part B. If you are admitted and entry level 2 you will normally already have an honors degree, however, students in this group who wish to complete a research pathway should discuss the options with the course coordinator.

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