To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) 1 year.

Specialisations have different admission requirements to other programs of study available in the Bachelor of Science (Honours). In order to undertake a Specialisation students must be admitted to the Specialisation program. The name of the Specialisation will be on the transcript and parchment.

Admission requirements

A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in Biotechnology, or completed another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted for admission to the honours program provided a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements of the bachelors degree.

As well as the student's undergraduate record the availability of an academic supervisor for the research project will be taken into account.

Course aims

The program aims to develop graduates who are able to function as practitioners in the interdisciplinary, global biotechnology industry. It is designed to enhance graduates' abilities to contribute to the development of scientifically sound, ethical and culturally sensitive solutions to complex problems for the economic and social benefit of society. It aims to develop graduates who work effectively within team environments and improve their practice through critical reflection and learning.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • transfer and apply core scientific concepts to develop solutions in the biotechnology industry
  • work in ways that are informed by knowledge of the legislative, regulatory, commercial, scientific and social environment
  • use critical analysis and problem solving skills to develop, plan and implement innovative solutions within a diverse range of biotechnology industry sectors
  • synthesise information and communicate effectively, succinctly and sensitively with the scientific community, co-workers, government agencies, investors, the broad public and particular cultural and Indigenous communities
  • apply judgement and initiative to propose and prioritise work strategies in consultation with co-workers to achieve timely completion of a project
  • work in a multidisciplinary team and incorporate the views of all stakeholders including Indigenous groups, and use self-awareness and consultation to understand their role within a group and how they can best contribute to the group
  • plan and conduct research projects and effectively communicate research findings
  • apply their understanding of commercialisation processes to biotechnology products or services.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) (Honours) a student must complete 36 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

Core - Honours Year topics

36 units comprising:

 BTEC8001  BioBusiness  (9 units)

Plus one of:

 BTEC7002  Professional Presentations in Biotechnology (Medicine)  (4.5 units) 
 BTEC7003  Professional Presentation in Biotechnology (Biological Science)  (4.5 units)

Plus either:

 BTEC7004A  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Medicine)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7004B  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Medicine)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7004C  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Medicine)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7004D  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Medicine)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7004E  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Medicine)  (4.5/22.5 units)


 BTEC7005A  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Biological Sciences)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7005B  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Biological Sciences)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7005C  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Biological Sciences)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7005D  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Biological Sciences)  (4.5/22.5 units) AND
 BTEC7005E  Advanced Biotechnology Practice (Biological Sciences)  (4.5/22.5 units)