Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Deakin University

This cutting-edge course provides hands-on experience of the latest techniques in biotechnology and bioinformatics research as well as up-to-date bio-processing and production technologies. Industry connectedness is an integral part of this course and ensures students have opportunities to gain an industry perspective and establish professional networks prior to graduation. Strong industry links ensure that guest lectures from key industry partners are embedded into each unit to provide students with an understanding of industry-engaged research and commercialisation in the biotechnology environment. Students also have the opportunity to participate in site visits and are required to undertake a Research Project in a Biotechnology related field. Throughout the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics students will also gain experience operating cutting edge analytical equipment and cell-culture bioreactors similar to those in industrial-scale production facilities and cover a wide range of emerging topics in biotechnology and, importantly, research management and business skills. Following successful completion of the course, graduates may choose to pursue further research through a PhD, or seek employment in industry or government roles. Alternatively, students may choose to exit early with a Graduate Certificate of Research Management or Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,440
International: $70,760

Entry Requirements:

Entry will be based on performance in: a Bachelor degree in same discipline with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% OR, a Graduate Certificate in same discipline, OR a Bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS 3 years relevant work experience.


16 credit points; 7 core units; 1 elective unit; Choose either a research pathway or an Industry pathway (8 credit points)

Subjects you can Study:

Biotechnology; Research planning; Research impact; Agricultural biotechnology; Research frontiers management; Industrial and analytical techniques in biotechnology; Laboratory techniques for cellular and molecular biotechnology

Study Pathways:

Pathway options: Graduates will be uniquely positioned to commence a PhD. Alternatively students may complete the Graduate Certificate of Research Management (S521) and articulate into the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Exit Options: Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (S672) (Exit option only); Graduate Certificate of Research Management (S521).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00113B

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Full time 2 years
Waurn Ponds No info Yes Part time 4 years

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