Biotechnology and bioinformatics


Gain hands-on experience in bio-processing and production technologies and the latest techniques in biotechnology and bioinformatics research. You'll also engage with industry and participate in site visits during your studies.

Career opportunities

Students who complete the Master of Biotechnology and bioinformatics will be uniquely positioned to apply for a PhD or actively pursue research roles in industry, education, government, policy developments and teaching. A biotechnology qualification is also highly relevant and extremely versatile in research and development roles within both public and private sector organisations and research institutes.

Depending on your chosen area of expertise, you may choose to seek employment in roles such as:

  • agricultural scientist
  • animal scientist
  • biotechnologist
  • botanist
  • chemist
  • food scientist
  • material scientist
  • molecular biologist
  • researcher
  • science journalist or communications specialist.

*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 recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor 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.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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.

Engage with industry

Industry connectedness is an integral part of the Master of Biotechnology and bioinformatics. Students have opportunities to gain an industry perspective, establish professional networks prior to graduation, learn from industry guest lectures, participate in site visits and engage in industry-linked research projects.

Research with us

Take on a higher degree by research in biotechnology and bioinformatics and explore developments in this progressive field under the supervision of our expert staff. 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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Research highlight

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 Deakin 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.

Industry connections

We offer numerous opportunities for you to learn directly from key industry partners throughout your studies. Through guest lectures, site visits and industry linked projects you'll gain a thorough understanding of industry-engaged research and commercialisation in the biotechnology environment before you graduate.

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