Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing scientific sectors. Learn the latest techniques in biotechnology research, as well as up-to-date bio-processing and production technologies (involving mammalian cells, stem cells and other cultures). You’ll also take part in on-site industry visits for some units.

Deakin offers this degree at master's level and has industrial opportunities for honours students to do research.

Yusuf Adewale

Biotechnology student

Strong research

Deakin has research strengths in material science, food and agricultural science, analytical chemistry and nanomaterial. Our biotechnology courses apply these fundamental sciences to projects targeting practical solutions to real-world challenges.

Industry connections

Our students carry out projects that are scientifically intensive and industrially relevant. Many projects are aligned with our industry partners so that students learn how to tackle problems in an industry-linked setting.

Biotechnology courses

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Take on a higher degree by research in biotechnology through our Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology. Here, we seek to understand how molecules are made, how they can be utilised and how they work in complex biological systems.

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Recent Deakin research

Chemical, biological and data analysis for forensic investigations

Strong links with Victoria Police have led to significant advancement on key initiatives in recent years. This has resulted in joint projects between the Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology and the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department. 

These projects cover a diverse array of topics, including the development of DNA analysis, entomology studies and illicit drug chemical fingerprinting. The projects have added significantly to forensic science in Victoria and have led to several key recent publications.

Career opportunities

Graduates completing this specialisation are highly employable, with the ability to work in industrial, innovative, regulatory, emerging and commercial biotechnology sectors. 

Students who complete the Master of Science (Research) specialising in biotechnology will be uniquely positioned to apply for a PhD. Potential careers include:

  • medical scientist
  • industrial biotechnologist
  • agricultural scientist
  • food technologist.

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