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Top Universities to Study Biotechnology in Australia

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What is Biotechnology?

If you don’t know what Biotechnology is, no worries because I can assure you are not the only one. Although the existence of biotechnology has dated far back to humankind history, many still don’t know what this field is about. 

Biotechnology is where biological systems or living organisms are being used to make technological advances. Usually the applications of biotechnology vary from agricultural practices to medical sectors. Students that wish to pursue this field must be very good in biology. 

Example of biotechnology in everyday life is the making of cheese where microorganisms which are bacteria named lactobacillus were involved in the process or adding of yeast in baking. 

Another famous and modern Biotechnology application is the Project Wolbachia where a male mosquitoes carry Wolbachia to combat the dengue mosquito population. 

Biotechnology in the Time to Combat Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Apart from that, as the Coronavirus outbreak, biotechnologists around the world are putting 110% effort to develop vaccines to counter the deadly virus . Australian scientists are working hard to look for the cure and developing vaccines for Covid19.

Dr. Paul Griffin from University of Queensland stated that they are testing the vaccines to the volunteers. Australian company, Xing Technologies, is developing a portable machine that can detect this virus in 15 minutes.  So, if you love biology and want to make an impact in human life, this course is definitely for you!

Careers with a degree in Biotechnology from Australia

Prospective Career in Biotechnology Field:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Botany specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Food scientist and technologist
  • Biochemist
  • Animal scientist
  • Soil and plant scientist
  • Agricultural engineer

According to thinkbiotech.com, Australia is ranked 5 globally for its innovation in biotechnology. Not only that, Scientific American Worldview ranked Australia number 5 for a few years in biotechnology because of the performance, outranking Germany and the United Kingdom. For that, we have compiled the best Australian universities that offer Biotechnology for you.

Which University to Study Biotechnology in Australia?

The University of Queensland

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UQ is  the 1st in Australia and 9th globally for biotechnology research according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2019. Next, ranked 5th in Australia and 47th in the world according to QS World University Rankings 2020. You will learn about the varied applications of biotechnology, from antibody engineering to fight disease, genetic plant engineering to increase agricultural yields, vaccine design, cell and tissue culture technologies.

Program

Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

Intake

February & July

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.5

A-Level: 9  

STPM: 10

UEC:19

Annual Indicative Fees

AUD$ 43,504

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us!

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

UNSW is the 4th in Australia and 43rd worldwide, according to QS World Ranking University 2020. Apart from that, UNSW graduates are highly seeked by employers because QS Graduate Employability Ranking ranked UNSW 3rd in Australia and 27th globally. 

Program

Bachelor of Biotechnology

Intake

February & September

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.5

A-Level / STPM: 10

UEC: 2

Annual Indicative Fees

AUD$ 47,760

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us!

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

UTS is ranked 9th in Australia and 140 globally, according to QS World Ranking University 2020.  Not only that, founded just in the year 1988, UTS is number 11 in QS Top 50 under 50, landing the number 1 spot in her home country. Details are below:

Program

Bachelor of Biotechnology

Intake

March & July

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.5

A-Level: 9

STPM: 3 subjects

Annual Indicative Fees

AUD$ 39,552

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us!

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

Ranked 15th in Australia and 238th globally by QS World Ranking University 2020. Students will be enjoying the high-tech facilities offered by RMIT and able to do all practical work in industry-standard laboratories. Final year students will also undertake work-integrated learning project in which their knowledge and skills will be applied in a real or simulated workplace context. Below are the details:

Program

Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

Intake

February & July

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.5

A-Level: 7

STPM: 2.33

UEC: 2.20

Annual Indicative Fees

AUD$ 35,520

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us!

University of Newcastle (UON)

UON is the 10th university in Australia and 207th in the world according to  QS World Ranking University 2020. Final year students will have the opportunity to spend a whole week at a time in laboratory training where you will undertake hands-on learning and teamwork activities that will prepare you for the working world. Next, students will enjoy a 10-week full-time industry placement. Details are below:

Program

Bachelor of Biotechnology

Intake

February

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.0

A-Level: 6

STPM: 8

Annual Indicative Fees

AUD$ 38,165

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us!

Federation University (FedUni)

With a long standing history, FedUni provides high quality education across its national and international network campuses. One of their commitments is to make a real difference to the lives of every student. Hence, the final year students are able to participate in biotechnological research with their connection with regional industries. 

Program

Bachelor of Biotechnology

Intake

February & July

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.0

A-Level: 5 

STPM: 6

UEC:12

Annual Indicative Fees

AUD$ 27,800

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us!

Flinders University

 QS World Ranking University 2020 placed Flinders University in the 23rd place in Australia and 424th in the world. Students will undertake research laboratory placements, participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry and medical research leaders. Not only that, you have the opportunity to be in a six-week summer research project or in a nine-month honours research project in industry, or you can choose doing both. 

Program

Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

Intake

March & July

Entry Requirement

English: IELTS 6.0

A-Level: 9

STPM: 9

UEC: 20

Annual Indicative Fees

AUD$ 34,500

For enquiries on other equivalent entry requirements that are not listed above, contact us!

If you want to know more about this course, do not be shy to contact us. We will be more than happy to assist you to your bright future ahead!

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