Study one of the fastest-growing areas in science and learn the latest techniques in biotechnology research, as well as up-to-date bio-processing and production technologies. You’ll also take part in on-site industry visits for some units.

Deakin's graduate employability ranking: top 3 in Australia*

Carry out projects: research that's scientifically intensive and relevant to industry

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:

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

*2016 Times Higher Education graduate employability rankings


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

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.

Research with us

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.

Learn more about researching with us

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.

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