The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD38,165 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 10981
CRICOS code: 059879B

Study a biotechnology degree

Biotechnology is predicted to be the key for the future, acting as the basis for solving global issues. Your study will see you learn about human and animal diseases, climate change, fuel alternatives and food security. Biotechnology uses living organisms to modify products for a specific human purpose, such as genetically modified crops or creation of a vaccine.

The products of biotechnology are all around us and impact on our daily lives more and more as we learn to make living cells perform useful and specific tasks in a predictable and controlled way. Biotechnology is used to modify human health and the human environment and is currently used in genetic engineering; health and pharmaceuticals; plant and animal agriculture; food production; fuels; and waste management.

Why study with us?

  • No.1 in NSW for skill improvement (Science and Mathematics) (QILT 2018)
  • Apply your skills in a practical environment by undertaking a 10-week full-time industry placement.
  • ERA rating of 5, well above the standard for Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Plant Biology (Excellence in Research 2018)
  • Top 250 in the world for Biological Sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • Contribute to solving issues facing humanity such as disease, climate change, fuel alternatives and maintaining agriculture yields.
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91.6% of undergraduate Science and Mathematics students ? satisfied with learning resources
Award-winning researchers ? on hand to teach you
ERA 5 ? Well above world standard for biology research

What you will study

Our Bachelor of Biotechnology has a particular focus on the application of DNA and cell technologies on human health, plant and animal agriculture and the environment. When you study biotechnology courses at the University of Newcastle, you will learn from academics who have been internationally recognised as leaders in their respective fields and who are working to solve real-world problems.

Under their guidance, your study will have a strong focus on biology − both basic and applied with some chemistry and mathematics − and you will have a chance to enrol in elective courses from a range of areas depending on your interests and career ambitions.

You will study:

  • statistics for the sciences
  • laboratory skills in biological systems
  • biochemistry
  • molecular genetics
  • biomolecules
  • plant cell and molecular biology

Advanced study options

With increasing competition in all sectors of scientific employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree in biotechnology have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. As part of this degree you will develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a research degree.

As an Honours graduate, you will have excellent knowledge of modern biotechnology, including molecular biology, and gain experience in:

  • research methods
  • data analysis
  • instrumentation and information technology
  • microbiology

You will also have worked in a biotechnology environment.

UON is a leader in research, with Research Centres in Reproductive Science and Crop Improvement. You will have the opportunity to be involved with research at the forefront of your field.

Offered through the Faculty of Science, the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours) prepares you for careers in biotechnology as well as providing a pathway into research degree studies.

As a graduate of the Biotechnology Honours degree, you may work in:

  • biomedical research
  • pathology laboratories
  • biotechnology industries
  • bioanalytical laboratories in government and industry
  • reproductive biology industries
  • a range of veterinary and agricultural support industries

Biotechnology (Honours) program handbook


Practical experience

A stand out feature of the Bachelor of Biotechnology is the 10-week full-time industrial placement completed in your final year. It allows you to apply what you have learned to a biotechnology environment and broadens your experience in preparation for your future.

In the third year of the degree you will also have the opportunity to spend a whole week at a time in laboratory training. These intense laboratory courses feature hands-on learning and teamwork activities that will help prepare you for the workplace.

Bachelor of Biotechnology students are eligible to enrol in International Study where you can complete an international placement. International study opportunities help you expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed throughout your degree and apply them in an external and international context.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

The following list provides some examples of job titles that may be available to Biotechnology graduates. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied. Some jobs below may also require further study.

The following list provides some examples of job titles that may be available to Biotechnology graduates. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

  • Biochemist
  • Biological Sciences Technician
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Embryologist
  • Flavourist
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Technologist
  • Forensic Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Microbiologist
  • National Park Ranger
  • Neurophysiological Technician
  • Park Ranger
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical/Clinical Specialist Sales Representative
  • Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemist
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Reproductive Medicine/IVF Specialist
  • Research Manager
  • Research Officer
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Editor
  • Science Information/Education Officer
  • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
  • Scientific Policy Officer
  • Scientific Writer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Tissue Culture Technician
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained in a Biotechnology degree.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Animal Research Scientist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biostatistician
  • Echocardiography Technologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Ethicist
  • Field Assistant
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Genetic Counsellor
  • Journalist
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer
  • Medical Scientist
  • Medical Technician
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Patent Attorney/Technical Advisor
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Process Development Manager
  • VET Teacher
  • Viticulturalist

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Graduates may apply for membership to AusBiotech, Australia's Biotechnology Organisation. You may also apply for membership with specialist societies such as the Australian Institute of Biology or the Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.