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Master of Biotechnology (Advanced)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Biotechnology (Advanced)
CampusOffered at Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Indicative annual fee 2015$27,900 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code081690J
Deakin course code S771

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.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

The Biotechnology postgraduate suite has been designed to build the intellectual and practical capacity of a traditional three/four year biotechnology, science or equivalent degree graduate who aspires to a career in the emerging biotechnology, bioscience or nanoscience field.

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Course rules


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

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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)


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.

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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants will normally have successfully completed an accredited undergraduate program comprising at least three years of study in Science (or equivalent)

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

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How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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Alternate Exits

Graduate Certificate of Biotechnology (4 credit points)

Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology (8 credit points)

Master of Biotechnology (12 credit points)


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