Biotechnology - M6030


Expert master degree

The Master of Biotechnology integrates biotechnology and entrepreneurship through a range of multidisciplinary coursework, research and work-integrated units in modern areas of studies.

In the first year (Part A) of the course, students will be taught theoretical knowledge and practical skills in contemporary biotechnology-related topics, and the processes involved in obtaining research funding and translating biomedical products from lab to life.

In the second year (Part B) of the course, students who achieved ≥ 70% average in their first-year studies will have the opportunity to undertake either a 3-month or 6-month industry placement in a pharmaceutical, medical device, life science and/ or regulatory organisations. Students will also have the option to undertake a research project, where they will work closely with experts in a specialised area of research to advance knowledge of human diseases, and explore therapeutic targets for the prevention and treatment of these conditions. In addition, Part B offers a range of coursework electives in interdisciplinary fields of pioneering developments in biotechnology research and enterprise.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • 2 years (full time)
  • 4 years (part time)
Start date Semester two (July)
Qualification Master of Biotechnology
Alternative exits
Course Handbook

"Monash is core to Australia's reputation for biomedical innovation. Advances in regenerative medicine, state of the art platforms, placements with industry and proximity to world class partners have established the University as the centre of Victoria's rapidly expanding biotechnology hub." Professor
Margaret Gardner AO, President and VC

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Immerse yourself in the world of Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Explore our FishCore facility, attend a lecture or work in one of our state-of-the-art medical research labs.

Meet Professor Peter Currie

Master of Biotechnology course coordinator and director of the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute.

Be at the forefront of regenerative medicine and healthcare innovation.

Work in one of Victoria's fastest growing sectors

Get hands-on training in medical biotechnology and opportunities to apply your skills in a research project or industry placement, where you’ll build your professional network.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

The course is structured in two parts: Part A: Core Biotechnology studies and Part B: Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part B.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Entry level 1: 96 points to complete – Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in *bio-sciences, bio-engineering or biotechnology with at least 60% average.

Entry Level 2: 48 points to complete – Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) with at least 70% average in *bio-sciences, bio-engineering or biotechnology.

*Areas of study include a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following:
Biomedical Science, Science/Applied Science with a major in (biochemistry, Biotechnology, developmental biology, Human Biology, Marine Biology, Human Pathology, Genetics, Pharmacology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology and Zoology), Nutrition Sciences, Dietetics, Veterinary Science, Medical Engineering, Pharmacy, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Life Science, Clinical Medicine, Dental Science/Dentistry, or Bioinformatics.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6030.

Closing date

applications for this course close on 10 July 2018. Dates are subject to change

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

The course is structured in two parts: Part A: Core Biotechnology studies and Part B: Application studies

All students complete Part A.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part B.

Part A: Core biotechnology studies

These studies present theoretical knowledge in key areas of biotechnology and its applications. You will gain a critical understanding of the designs and methods used in undertaking medical research, and the opportunities and challenges involved in the commercialisation of biotechnology.

Part B: Application studies

In these studies, you will focus on the application of advanced biotechnology practice. You will consolidate your skills, and knowledge and demonstrate your mastery through either a research project and/ or an industry placement program. In order to be eligible for the industry placement program, you will be required to achieve more than 70% in the Core Biotechnology component. If you do not meet this requirement, then you must undertake the Research project and two coursework units.

Alternative qualifications

You may be eligible to exit your course early and apply to graduate with one of the following qualifications, provided you have met the requirements for the qualification during your enrolment in the Masters course:

  • Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology: you’ll need to complete a total of 48 credit points (1 year full time study), with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.

If you decide to graduate early, you will need to discontinue from the Masters course. You may be eligible to receive credit for the units you have completed if you re-apply and are re-admitted to this course or apply for another graduate degree at Monash University.