Master of Biotechnology

Flinders University

Program Overview

From medicine to environmental protection to advances in food and agriculture production, the world needs sustainable solutions. You could help create them. Work as a professional in one of the most exciting growth areas in science – Biotechnology.

This course covers all aspects of biotechnology, enabling you to formulate solutions to global challenges and help drive new advances in the biotechnology industry. You will graduate with the knowledge and transferrable skills for a rewarding career in advanced manufacturing, bioinformatics, and sustainable bioproduct development and commercialisation.

You will acquire the capability to research and analyse market needs and could create the next generation of novel foods, biopolymers for applications in medicine, packaging, and safe disposables.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 37,500



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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. 

Core topics cover areas such as DNA to genome; protein to proteome; molecular biotechnology; legal, ethical and social aspects of bioscience; and professional skills for biotechnology. Application topics cover industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology; environmental biotechnology; and plant and food biotechnology.

Practical experience

The Master of Biotechnology degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workplace:

  • Undertake research laboratory placements

  • Participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry and biomedical research leaders

  • Choose to complete a nine-month research project in industry, research organisations or appropriately accredited institutions nationally

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

International students must satisfy our English language proficiency requirements for admission. If your first language is not English you will need to have:

  • Achieved the required test score for the course you are applying for. The IELTS and equivalent scores to meet the various levels #. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and Cambridge tests must be taken in a registered testing centre.; or
  • Successfully completed an approved secondary or tertiary qualification, taught in the English language in a country where English is the official language or the main language spoken (for up to an overall IELTS of 6.5) with evidence no more than five years old on the proposed date of commencement of the course; or
  • Successfully completed a pre-course English program from an approved ELICOS Provider*.

Annual indicative fees:   $37,500

Master of Biotechnology graduates pursue careers in fields such as medicine, food production, agriculture and advanced manufacturing. Skills developed enable you to pursue career opportunities that require project management, commercialisation, and government policy development.

Potential occupations include:

  • Pharma/biotechnology (research assurance officer)

  • Production associate for novel bioactives

  • Medical informatics associate

  • Food and beverage industry

  • Research scientist

  • Trainee patent attorney

  • Medical sales representative

  • Water quality associate

  • Environmental consultant

  • Agriculture technologist

  • Entrepreneur-start-up business 

Potential employers include:

  • BioCena

  • Bionomics

  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

  • CSL, DuPont, Novozymes

  • University research departments

  • CSIRO, Hospitals

  • SA Water



  • Biosensis

  • Clinpath

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • CMAX (clinical trials)

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