Molecular Biology is offered as part of: 

Why study Molecular Biosciences?

Molecular biosciences is an area of study that covers the disciplines of molecular biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics and biotechnology. In essence it involves the study of genes and proteins and how they determine the development and functioning of cells, tissues and organs in bacteria, fungi, plants and animals. It also provides the tools to investigate abnormal development and disease. It has applications in medicine, agriculture, forensic science and the study of evolutionary relationships. It can be used to cure human diseases such as cancer and malaria, and plant diseases such as bacterial and fungal blights.

Molecular bioscience provides the tools to investigate abnormal development and disease, and has resulted in many important breakthroughs in the cure and treatment of both human and plant diseases. It also provides the means for changing the genetic makeup of living organisms for economic and environmental benefit.

First Year will introduce the broad scope of biology and the chemical foundations of life.

In the Second and Third Years there will be opportunities for increasing the specialisation.

The major in Molecular Biosciences will give students a sound theoretical understanding of how genes are switched on and off, how they code for proteins and how genes and proteins determine the physical characteristics of animals, plants and micro-organisms. Students also learn how to isolate, analyse and modify DNA and proteins.

There are also opportunities for further study leading to a Masters degree or Doctorate (PhD).

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule.

Career opportunities

Molecular bioscientists can enter a broad range of careers. For example they may find work in hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, organisations such as CSIRO, biotechnology companies and government departments. Graduates with a Molecular Biosciences major usually work in a laboratory setting but they may also become involved in field- based projects such as monitoring populations of endangered species or designing environmental restoration projects.

Further information

Freecall Science & Engineering hotline: 1800 803 131

Online enquiries:

The Admissions/Prospective Students Office
Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: 1300 354 633