Master of Biotechnology (Advanced)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Biotechnology (Advanced)
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code081690J
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.

Course sub-headings

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 (Advanced) 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, Graduate Diploma or Master of Biotechnology.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points (10 units). 

Course structure

Core units

SLE701Foundations of Biotechnology ^

SLE702Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics ^

SLE703Agricultural Biotechnology

SLE704Cellular Biology and Immunology ^

SLE705Biopharmaceuticals and Medical Devices ^


SLE706Frontier Techniques in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

SLE712Laboratory Techniques for Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology

SLE713Industrial and Analytical Techniques in Biotechnology

Industry-Linked Research Project Units

SLE710Industry-Linked Research Project A *^ (4 cps)

SLE730Industry-Linked Research Project B * (4 cps)

^ No longer available from 2016.

Hurdle Requirement: Students will be required to achieve a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% after 8 credit points of study to remain in the Master of Biotechnology (Advanced).  Those who fail to meet this academic hurdle will exit out with a Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology.

Alternate Exits

Graduate Certificate of Biotechnology (4 credit points)

Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology (8 credit points)

Master of Biotechnology (12 credit points)