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Master of Biotechnology (Honours)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Biotechnology (Honours)
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code075864J
Deakin course codeS771

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

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Course overview

This cutting-edge course provides hands-on experience of 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.


Students will gain experience operating cell-culture bioreactors similar to those in industrial-scale production facilities. An important component of this course is that each unit includes industry involvement through guest lecturers who bring an industry perspective of research and commercialisation into the biotechnology environment. Industry involvement will also include on-site visits for some units. The core units in this course cover a wide range of emerging topics in biotechnology and, importantly, business skills.


The Master of Biotechnology (Honours) has a strong industry focus and students undertake 8 credit points in Industry-Linked Research Project units.


Graduates may choose to articulate into a higher degree by research. Alternatively, students may choose to early exit with a Graduate Certificate or Master of Biotechnology.


Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules


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

  • 8 core units
  • 8 credit points Industry-Linked Research Project units (4 credit points each)

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Course structure

Core units

SLE701 Foundations of Biotechnology  

SLE702 Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics  

SLE703 Agricultural Biotechnology  

SLE704 Cellular Biology and Immunology  

SLE705 Biopharmaceuticals and Medical Devices  

SLE706 Frontier Techniques in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology  

SLE712 Laboratory Techniques for Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology  

SLE713 Industrial and Analytical Techniques in Biotechnology  


Industry-Linked Research Project Units

SLE710 Industry-Linked Research Project A  * (4 cps)

SLE730 Industry-Linked Research Project B  * (4 cps)


* Please contact the Unit Chair prior to enrolling in the Industry-Linked Research Project unit.  Students would normally be expected to have an approved academic standard of 65% and above and an available project and supervisor.  Attendance to classes throughout the course will be highly considered when an industry-linked research project is offered to a student.


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