This course offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise, commercialisation and intellectual property (IP) protection.


Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics, gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, and new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship, all central requirements as the global population increases over the coming decades.

Key features

  • Offers a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology in combination with training in enterprise and commercialisation.
  • Utilises the expertise of world-leading research staff in the Faculty of Science and in the UWA Business School - along with Business ‘Angels’ and mentors in biotechnology spin-outs.
  • Unique set of specialisations in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetics and Breeding; and Genetics and Genomics

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Course description, features and facilities

Using world-leading research staff in the Faculty of Science and business experts in the UWA Business School, along with mentors in biotechnology companies, you are provided with the fundamental academic and business skills needed to make a significant contribution to the biotechnology sector.

You will train in the theory of genetics and molecular biology and receive comprehensive skills training in ‘next generation’ practical techniques such as proteomics, metabolomics, genomics and recombinant DNA methods. These core skills will be complemented by both basic and advanced bioinformatics practices.

Students must nominate a specialisation on application. The Master of Biotechnology has specialisations in:

The course structure and units are available at UWA Handbook.

You may apply to replace the equivalent of half a year’s units with a research project.

The Faculty of Science offers scholarships for domestic and international students.

This course has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Student Support Payments. Eligible students can receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement. Further information can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

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Student profile – and one of our Course Coordinators, Martha Ludwig

This is Martha Ludwig, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Deputy Head of School (Teaching and Learning). Martha grew up and did her undergraduate degree in the US northeast, then went to Canada for her PhD. She took up a postdoctoral position at The University of Melbourne not only do great science, but also to have a three-year adventure in Australia, a country she had always dreamed of visiting. More than 20 years later we're happy to report that Martha is still here, having lived and pursued her career in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, and now Perth. She loves to travel, read, laugh, bushwalk, go to outdoor cinemas, meet new people, drink nice wine, watch test cricket, and teach and do research at UWA.

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The Master of Biotechnology is offered by coursework or coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years' (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years'.

The course offers a focussed, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units. This degree also provides the flexibility to choose from a range of units to complement your specific interests.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 years' structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

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Career opportunities

The Master of Biotechnology is a cross-disciplinary degree, providing graduates with a unique combination of state-of-the-art science and business skills, in a subject area rapidly expanding as society faces increasingly significant population pressures.
Graduates will be ready to compete internationally in a range of roles – from large multi-nationals and spinout companies, to governmental organisations and international research laboratories – or start companies of their own.

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Further study opportunities

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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These pages are under review and are being updated.

Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

a bachelor's degree, that aligns with one of the specialisations of this course, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.  


Additional information

Student may apply to undertake a research project within this degree.
These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates and access to the Online Application System (OASys):


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

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Master of Biotechnology: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
Please refer to the UWA handbook.
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
Science Student Office
Central Wing Agriculture Building (M083)
6488 7333
(+61 8)6488 7333
Course code
Additional information