24 months
47940 AUD/year
33520 AUD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Biotechnology (Advanced) program at the Australian National University helps you study alongside our leading researchers who work on issues of global importance in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in the biomedical, animal and plant sciences. 


Place yourself at the forefront of innovation, engineering organisms to address issues of food security, disease and climate change with the Master of Biotechnology (Advanced) from Australian National University.

You will also consider the social and ethical impacts of biotechnological research.

The Canberra location means you will learn about the work done by Australia’s largest government employers in biotechnology.

This Advanced program incorporates a research project and thesis. 

    Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate high level knowledge in the area of biotechnology;
  • Apply their knowledge in biotechnology to new problems;
  • Interpret, synthesize and critically analyse published literature of relevance to biotechnology;
  • Demonstrate basic and complex laboratory skills that are commonly used in biotechnology research;
  • Perform experimental work, interpret and analyse results, write reports and collate data into a thesis;
  • Communicate own research work to peers and research scientists;
  • Clearly present theory and results in both written and oral formats.

Employment Opportunities

The Master of Biotechnology provides a pathway for science graduates with background knowledge in biochemistry molecular biology and chemistry to acquire new knowledge, or extend and update your theoretical and practical understanding of modern biotechnology. 

You’ll be prepared to carry out research in basic, medical or agricultural sciences in university, industry or government research institutions. Opportunities exist in scientific, pharmaceutical and pathology companies

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Genetics
  • Biosecurity
  • Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry
  • Hallmarks of Cancer
  • Cell Biology 
  • Infection and Immunity 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


96 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 082280G 

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent

  • with a minimum GPA of at least 5.5/7.0
  • with at least 8 courses in a cognate discipline, which must also have a minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0.
  • The program also has a chemistry/biochemistry pre-requisite which requires a minimum of 2 courses of undergraduate chemistry/biochemistry

The GPA requirement for this program must be met by both the program as a whole, as well as by the 8 courses in a cognate discipline. Where more than 8 cognate courses have been completed by the applicant, ANU will take the best 8 courses when assessing the cognate GPA.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    47940 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 47940 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    33520 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33520 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • All domestic undergraduate students, and some domestic postgraduate students, are Commonwealth supported. 

Living costs for Canberra

1425 - 2504 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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