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The University of Western Australia (UWA)

  • 22% international / 78% domestic

Master of Biotechnology

  • Masters (Coursework)

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

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Masters (Coursework)
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In person

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Using world-leading research staff, business experts and mentors in biotechnology companies, you're provided with the fundamental academic and business skills needed to make a significant contribution to the biotechnology sector. You can specialise in either AQUAtech, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology, Genetics and Genomics, and Synthetic Biology.

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Career pathways

You can find employment in academia, through either a higher degree or research/teaching post. The commercial sector is also a key future employer and the mix of analytical, scientific rationale and business skills will see you well placed within selection criteria for biotechnology industries. Core business training will also give you a full understanding of idea development into spin out companies, and as such, biotechnology start-up ventures are a likely destination for some graduates. Governmental and non-governmental organisations are also key employment areas, for fields such as environmental monitoring, legislative development and advisory bodies concerned with biotechnology development.

Master of Biotechnology graduates are highly sought-after by a range of international, Australian and WA-based* companies and institutions:

  • Biotechnology companies (e.g. Ozgene*, PYC Therapeutics*, Dimerix*, ULUU*, Novozyme, IDT Australia, Life Cykel, Qiagen, Roche)
  • Pharmaceutical/ medical device companies (e.g. CareDx*, CSL, Pfizer, Abbvie, GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Agricultural breeding companies (e.g. Australian Grain Technologies, Intergrain*)
  • Molecular diagnostics laboratories (e.g. Pathwest*, Safe Work Laboratories*, Precision Oncology*, Mater Pathology)
  • Research Centres (e.g. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)*, Telethon Kids Institute*, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions)
  • Provisioners of scientific instrumentation (e.g. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Westlab, LabGear Australia)
  • Genetic counselling services (Government/State, e.g. WA Health*)
  • Government agencies (Primary Industries and Regional Development*)
  • World Health Organisation
  • Top ranked universities around the world

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