Master of Biotechnology

Master of Biotechnology

POSTGRADUATE

Advance your science career with in-depth knowledge of biotechnology.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time 4 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Bundoora
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$38,400 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Bundoora

Overview

The Master of Biotechnology focuses on the study of living systems to address challenges in the environment, health or food science.

Students will explore gene and protein technologies, bioinformatics, and various microbiology and food science disciplines, both in the classroom and via a strong component of hands-on laboratory practicals.

This program includes an option to complete one semester of either work experience in the form of an industry placement, or a research project where you’ll complete minor thesis.

All students have the opportunity to analyse real-world data when they undertake a research project.

Master of Biotechnology - Angela Pang

RMIT Master of Biotechnology graduate, Angela Peng talks about her journey to become a research assistant in the Cancer Development and Treatment Laboratory at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Details

This course is delivered full-time in face-to-face mode supported by blended learning activities (including online).

Learning environments include lectures, tutorials, online delivery and individual and group work.

You will spend a high proportion of your studies undertaking project and field work, providing a real-world context and the opportunity to develop teamwork and time-management skills.

High-achieving students may undertake work-integrated learning (WIL) through an industry-based research project or optional work experience.

Previous projects and work experience have been undertaken at organisations such as  The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre, CSIRO, Seqirus, Burnet Institute, and AgriBio, to name a few.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

The specialisations within this program are validated by an industry panel comprising practising professionals who meet regularly to review the contents of each discipline.

The students have an option to explore work experience or research project opportunities at leading global institutes recognised by RMIT University.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

View the learning outcomes for each stream:

This program emphasises the practical application of new knowledge and technologies, and includes an optional semester of work experience or a research project.

Year one focuses on the development of core skills and knowledge, allowing you to specialise by selecting subjects relevant to the biotechnology stream that may include systems biology, functional genomics and proteomics, gene technologies, protein technology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and business, to name a few.

Year two further develops your specialisation. Here you will choose courses from a selected minor option (science, food science or clinical microbiology) and apply your skills   through an opportunity to complete an optional work placement or research project with an institute or industry partner.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Master of Biotechnology
Program code: MC111

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)
City Campus
2 years Full Time; 4yr part time
MC111CLINC
084662M
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years Full Time; 4yr part time
Plan code
MC111CLINC
CRICOS
084662M
Master of Biotechnology (Clinical Microbiology)
City Campus
2 years Full Time
MC111CLINC
084662M
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years Full Time
Plan code
MC111CLINC
CRICOS
084662M
Master of Biotechnology (Food Microbiology)
City Campus
2 years full time; 4 yr part time
MC111FOOD
084663K
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full time; 4 yr part time
Plan code
MC111FOOD
CRICOS
084663K
Master of Biotechnology (Food Microbiology)
City Campus
2 years full time
MC111FOOD
084663K
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full time
Plan code
MC111FOOD
CRICOS
084663K
Master of Biotechnology (Food Science)
City Campus
2 years full time; 4 yr part time
MC111FOSC
084665G
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full time; 4 yr part time
Plan code
MC111FOSC
CRICOS
084665G
Master of Biotechnology (Food Science)
City Campus
2 years full time
MC111FOSC
084665G
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full time
Plan code
MC111FOSC
CRICOS
084665G
Master of Biotechnology
City Campus
2 years full time; 4 years part time
MC111P03
045512D
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full time; 4 years part time
Plan code
MC111P03
CRICOS
045512D
Master of Biotechnology
City Campus
2 years full time
MC111P03
045512D
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 years full time
Plan code
MC111P03
CRICOS
045512D

Please note that the following program plans for the Master of Biotechnology are no longer accepting new enrolments:

  • MC111FOOD Food Microbiology
  • MC111FOSC Food Science and
  • MC111CLINC Clinical Microbiology.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

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Your career in biotechnology

Graduates of this program find roles in medical or pharmaceutical research, food science and more.

Apply your knowledge of living systems to address challenges in the environment, health (infectious disease) or food science.

As a graduate of this course, you’ll be eligible to apply for roles in advanced areas of the biotechnology industry. You’ll be equipped with skills in gene and protein technologies, bioinformatics, and in various microbiology and food science disciplines. These skills are in high demand within the diverse biotechnology sector.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

MC111P03 Master of Biotechnology

An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 in biological sciences, food science/technology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, agricultural science or chemical engineering, or equivalent.

International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications, according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

MC111P03 Master of Biotechnology

Successful completion of a Chemistry or Biochemistry course in a bachelor degree.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in biological sciences, food science/technology, biotechnology, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, agricultural science or chemical engineering with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0).

Successful completion of a chemistry or biochemistry course in a bachelor degree.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this masters degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Masters advanced standing

You may be eligible for credit for previous study in a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, from other institutions or overseas. These include a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or bachelor honours degree.

Students who have undertaken a bachelor degree in biotechnology may be given up to 48 credit point exemptions. Please contact the Program Manager for advice.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Coming from a partner institution?

RMIT has pathway arrangements with many partner institutions around the world.

If your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT you may be able to receive credit and reduce the time it will take to complete your preferred RMIT program.

Find out if your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT

If you have qualifications from an institution that is not an RMIT partner, credit into your RMIT program will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Master Advanced Standing

You may be eligible for credit for previous study in a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, from other institutions or overseas. These include a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or bachelor honours degree.

Students who have undertaken a bachelor degree in biotechnology may be given up to 48 credit point exemptions. Please contact the Program Manager for advice.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit.

Credits

Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and weightings, and reference to the learning resources.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).

Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.

2023 indicative fees

Commonwealth supported places

  • 2023 Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

Full-fee places

  • AU$33,600 (2023 annual fee)*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

  • You may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
  • For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2023. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2023 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2023

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $4,124 per standard year
$515 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,301 per standard year
$1,037 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,800 per standard year
$1,475 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $15,142 per standard year
$1,892 per standard (12 credit point) course

If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2023 is $326. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

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The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$38,400.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$76,800.

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Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.