A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time l Part-time
Location: On campus


Course name: Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
Duration (full-time equivalent): 6 months
SATAC code: 2GC074
CRICOS code: 038768E

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year
SATAC code: 2GD044
CRICOS code: 057077G

Course name: Master of Biotechnology
Duration (full-time equivalent): 2 years
SATAC code: 2CM059
CRICOS code: 043767G


The key feature of the programs is research training across a variety of specialist areas in medicine and science. Advanced theoretical scientific knowledge is complemented by relevant practical laboratory training and backed up by business training in financial, marketing and management skills. The law, ethics, society and the environment have great relevance in biotechnology and all are examined.

Master of Biotechnology students take the core topics, a number of elective topics and a nine-month research project in the School of Medicine or School of Biological Sciences.
Research projects are a vehicle for independent learning in a specific area of biotechnology that includes the principles of experimental design and analysis, innovation, critical thinking and research data presentation. Specialisations cover the full range of biotechnology.

The courses articulate and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Certificate are awarded credit towards the Graduate Diploma. Candidates who have completed the graduate diploma are awarded credit towards the Masters.

*The University also offers the Master of Biotechnology program (Coursework & Research). 

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule:

Why study Biotechnology at Flinders? 

  • Flinders University is perfectly positioned to offer postgraduate biotechnology courses. The close collaboration of the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Medicine opens up a multi-disciplinary range of expertise and research areas – medical, pharmaceutical, industrial, environmental and agricultural. The schools also have strong links with industry and complementary institutions.
  • At Flinders, our postgraduate courses have low numbers, small class sizes and that’s the way we like it. It gives our staff time to devote to students; it gives students a more interactive atmosphere in which to make the most of their high levels of motivation and achievement.
  • The latest resources are available for specialised practical ‘hands-on’ training. There are several scholarships available to International Students.  Refer to the scholarship database for further information.

How can I use Biotechnology in my career?

The research component is a strength of these courses that is critical in the workplace. A further feature is the emphasis on business training. Graduates of these programs are job ready and highly skilled for medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial and environmental applications.

The Masters programs can also be a pathway to a PhD for those who don’t have an honours degree and want to pursue a research career.

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have completed, with a Credit average or better, an approved degree in a biological, agricultural or medical science, at an approved tertiary institution.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.



International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates: Semester 1 - 30 November of the year preceding admission
Semester 2 - 31 May of that year.


Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology

Place type: Full fee paying

2018: $15,372

2018: $16,400
2019: $17,000
Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology

Place type: Full fee paying 

2018: $30,744

2018: $32,800
2019: $34,000
Master of Biotechnology

Place type: Full fee paying 

2018: $30,744

2018: $32,800
2019: $34,000


  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.