Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate degree
Course length: 3 years
Location: On campus

2016 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 70.00
Guaranteed entry ATAR:
Certificate 4 or above
Bonus points: Yes

International students:
FISC Foundation: 6.2, A Levels: 7, IB Diploma: 25, Gao Kao: Tier Two
English requirements

Course overview

Biotechnology is a specialisation within a Bachelor of Science. This specialisation is also available within the 4 year Bachelor of Science (Honours).

This course:

  • was one of the first biotechnology courses in Australia and is still one of the very best
  • mixes science with an understanding of the legal, social and ethical issues of biotechnology
  • has a strong focus on the business skills that are crucial to the commercialisation of biotechnology, including intellectual property, enterprise management and marketing
  • is taught by lecturers who are also successful researchers in an industry that is constantly evolving
  • has strong support from the biotechnology industry.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Biotechnology?

Biotechnology is the use of living organisms – often minute, micro- organisms – to create products or perform tasks for us. Those organisms may be as simple as yeast or as complex as cells, genes, bacteria or DNA.

Why study Biotechnology at Flinders?

  • Flinders was one of the pioneers of biotechnology teaching in Australia, first offering this course in 1991. Since then we have expanded our program to incorporate postgraduate options, including Masters degrees by coursework or research.
  • This course draws on the resources of two faculties: Health Sciences as well as Science and Engineering. Our staff have expertise, and the University runs innovative research programs, in all the major areas of biotechnology: medical, industrial, bioinformatics, environmental, food and agricultural biotechnology. Staff also run world class research programs in a wide range of areas of biotechnology including bioremediation, cancer research, bio-processing, plant disease resistance and bio-control, wine research, therapeutic drug discovery, functional foods, bio-energy, water quality and marine biotechnology.
  • This course prepares you to work as a professional in one of the most exciting areas of modern science by combining theory and specialised practical scientific training with the study of related business, legal, ethical and social issues.

Career Opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) degree?

Combined degree options

You can combine this degree with any other bachelor degree within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.

Combine with the Bachelor of Letters

The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English and creative writing. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

Prerequisities: None

Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.

International students: Entry and English requirements

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 224141
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2016: $8,750

International students
CRICOS code: 074771M
Mid year entry: No
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2016: $28,100
2017: $29,000




  • 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.

Credit transfer

Refer to credit transfer for further information.

Related courses

Further study options

Course brochures

Domestic students
Science & Mathematics (PDF 4MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus