Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Postgraduate coursework

Get practical experience in the latest techniques in biotechnology and bioinformatics research, and make industry connections while you study.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

This cutting-edge course provides hands-on experience of the latest techniques in biotechnology and bioinformatics research, including up-to-date bio-processing and production technologies.

Industry connectedness is an integral part of this course and ensures students have opportunities to gain an industry perspective and establish professional networks prior to graduation. Strong industry links ensure that guest lectures from key industry partners are embedded into the curriculum to provide students with an understanding of industry-engaged research and commercialisation in the biotechnology environment. Students also have the opportunity to participate in site visits and are required to undertake a Research Project in a Biotechnology related field.

Throughout the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics students will also gain experience operating cutting edge analytical equipment and cell-culture bioreactors similar to those in industrial-scale production facilities and cover a wide range of emerging topics in biotechnology and, importantly, research management and business skills.

Following successful completion of the course, graduates may choose to pursue further research through a PhD, or seek employment in industry or government roles. Alternatively, students may choose to exit early with a Graduate Certificate of Research Management or Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, students must attain 16 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 16 credit points, you’ll need to study 16 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

Year 1 (8 credit points):

  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 7 core units (7 credit points)
  • 1 elective unit (1 credit point)

Year 2 (8 credit points):

  • Research pathway or Industry Practice pathway (8 credit points)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

Year 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Research Planning and Communication SLE761
  • Research Impact and Management SLE762
  • Research Frontiers Project SLE763
  • Agricultural Biotechnology SLE703
  • Frontier Techniques in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology SLE706
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Techniques SLE712
  • Industrial and Analytical Techniques in Biotechnology SLE713
  • Plus one level 7 elective unit

     

    Year 2

    Chosen from the following pathways:

    Research Pathway

  • Research Thesis 1 SLE764 (4 credit points)
  • Research Thesis 2 SLE765 (4 credit points)
  • OR

    Industry Practice Pathway

  • Industry Practice SLE766 (4 credit points)^
  • plus four credit points of level 7 units

     ^ Students undertaking this unit must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point)

    Electives

    Plus one level 7 elective unit chosen from existing units

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    S772
    CRICOS code?
    096753J
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Additional course information

    Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (S672) (Exit option only)

    Graduate Certificate of Research Management (S521)

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    Approximately 150 hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point. 

    Students will have access to a range of elective units from a variety of relevant discipline areas across the Faculty and University. This will allow them to tailor a program relevant to their specific interests, subject to academic approval.  As a pathway to PhD, the proposed courses have a key component in the form of a research project.  The thesis should offer a significant contribution to knowledge in the discipline concerned and demonstrate the student’s capacity to carry out independent research.

    Students not wishing to pursue further studies in research will have the opportunity to undertake a 4-credit point industry practice placement during their second year of studies, along with 4 course electives that will allow them to complement their studies with a range of relevant options.

    Participation requirements

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Students will have an opportunity to complete an industry practice pathway, equivalent to 4 credit points, in place of a research pathway.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into postgraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

     Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree in same discipline with a minimum WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of 60% OR,
    • a Graduate Certificate in same discipline, OR
    • a Bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS 3 years relevant work experience.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Entry pathways

    Graduates will be uniquely positioned to commence a PhD.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of this course, you will be uniquely positioned to commence a PhD or actively pursue research roles in industry, education, government, policy developments and teaching. Depending on your chosen area/s of expertise, you may choose to seek employment as a bioinformatician animal scientist, botanist, chemist, food scientist, material scientist, metallurgist, molecular biologist, communications specialist, researcher or science journalist.  Potential employers include CSIRO, government research institutes and departments, private research institutes, health sector, private commercial companies, industrial research companies, universities, schools, agriculture and food sector, local councils and public service.

    A biotechnology qualification is also highly relevant and extremely versatile in Research and Development (R&D) roles within both public and private sector research institutes. Many biotech companies engaged in manufacturing employ qualified biotechnologists as manufacturing associates in a supervisory and management capacity. Graduates also have the opportunity to become biotech product specialist and play a valuable role in marketing and selling a variety of biotechnological products ranging from biotech instruments to reagents related to genomics or proteomics. Many biotechnologists are also engaged in the rapidly expanding field of bioinformatics and contribute towards drafting biotech patent applications under the supervision of a patent lawyer.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate mastery and specialist knowledge through the application of scientific research principles and methodologies in the investigation of recent developments within a chosen field of study; plan and execute a substantial research project to demonstrate a deep understanding and mastery within that scientific field; creatively apply high-level technical and cognitive skills to research activities in a professional and/or academic setting in order to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of scientific methodologies pertinent to a field of study; demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement and responsibility to argue about characteristics and aspects of scientific research in the advancement of a discipline of science through the application of appropriate hypotheses, laws, facts and theories for investigation, testing, analysis, and evaluation of scientific data.

    Communication

    Present a reasoned argument that highlights essential details of scientific procedures, key observations, results and conclusions of scientific research in a professional manner using appropriate style, language and references including local, national, and international contributions or contexts; apply listening skills and effective communication skills to accommodate, encourage and answer questions from a range of audience and to defend research findings and scientific propositions; interpret the boundaries or limits of scientific information, experimental or field data, discuss error, probability, uncertainty, conclusions and arguments to justify theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.

    Digital literacy

    Use well-developed technical skills, judgement and responsibility to independently locate, analyse, evaluate the merits of, synthesise and disseminate scientific literature in the planning and implementation of research projects; reflect on information, data and results and develop strategies for disseminating research outcomes in a digital world.

    Critical thinking

    Appraise complex scientific methodologies and information using critical, analytical and logical reasoning from multiple perspectives for evaluating the merits of scientific methodologies, theoretical propositions and practice; formulate research questions to test and/ or contest ideas, concepts and theoretical propositions through an evidence-based well-structured research project.

    Problem solving

    Plan and implement scientific research investigation by using evidence to identify problems and by applying analysis and synthesis skills, and appropriate scientific methodologies to solve research and / or practice problems; demonstrate complex problem-solving skills by identifying and creating solutions to real world ill-defined problems through scientific inquiry; contribute to advancements in scientific knowledge through mastery in the use of scientific instruments and techniques to device an investigation, and in the collection, interpretation, analysis, synthesis and dissemination of scientific results and conclusion.

    Self-management

    Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing national and international professional science contexts to develop autonomy as researchers and evaluate own performances; work autonomously, responsibly and safely to solve unstructured problems and actively apply knowledge of regulatory frameworks and scientific methodologies to make informed choices.

    Teamwork

    Work independently and collaboratively with advice from the supervisor towards achieving the outcomes of a research project and thereby demonstrate interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, managing difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback and work in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.

    Global citizenship

    Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with the supervisor to articulate the place and importance of scientific inquiry in the local and global context.

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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