Course Description

Understand the molecular basis of life and living systems with extensive practical experience in gene technologies, vaccine development, agriculture, microbiology, environmental sciences and more.

Modern biotechnology is based on the application of cutting-edge technologies to target today's most urgent challenges and scientific issues in the areas of human health, adaptation of animals and plants, a changing climate and environment, food shortage, and renewable energy production.

This biotechnology program offers a unique combination of the skills and technologies needed to understand the molecular basis of these challenges and how to address them. Technologies include functional genomics, nano- and gene technologies, synthetic biology, molecular biology, lab-on-a-chip technology, environmental biotechnology, microbiology and immunology.

This course will stimulate your critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help you to be competitive in the rapidly growing and dynamic areas of modern biotechnology.

Studies over three years include functional genomics and proteomics, gene technologies (advanced molecular biology), biochemistry, bioinformatics, environmental biotechnology, cell structure and function, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and more.

During your final year, you will have the choice of two majors: Molecular Biology or Microbiology.

As a graduate you could be involved in applying the latest technologies and techniques in molecular biology and genetics to solve a range of problems such as diagnosing genes that cause cancer, making crops and livestock less vulnerable to disease and making food safer.

Why should you study biotechnology at RMIT?

  1. Pursue your own interests and choose to major in either molecular biology or microbiology.
  2. RMIT’s high-tech facilities for biotechnology will be at your disposal. You will do all practical work in industry-standard laboratories.

    Tuition Fees

    International Students: $34,560 per year full-time


    3 years full time, 6 years part time

    Starting dates

    February, July

    Graduate Rating

    Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) rated their degrees as follows:

    Teaching quality: 67.8% (national average 67.0%)
    Improved skills: 87.1% (national average 85.0%)
    Overall satisfaction: 81.9% (national average 83.7%)

    The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). You can find out more about these results here.

    Employment Outcomes

    Graduates of Science & Mathematics undergraduate courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) had the following employment outcomes:

    Employed full time: 54.7% (national average 57.2%)
    Studying full time: 38.8% (national average 45.2%)
    Median full time salary: $50,500 (national average $55,300)

    You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

    Course codes

    CRICOS Code: 056416B
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Code: BP226

    Entry Requirements

    The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.

    Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement,