Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Study the structure and function of components of living cells, to understand the biological processes that enable all living things to survive and thrive.

The structure of complex biomolecules, particularly proteins, is closely linked to their role in the cell, so solving structures can provide valuable information about normal processes and how they change to cause disease. The understanding of how DNA and proteins interact has led to benefits ranging from more effective treatments for cancer to improved agricultural practices.

By majoring in this subject you will study broad biological processes as well as more specialised topics drawn from structural biology, molecular cell biology, molecular parisitiology and cancer. You will learn how to uncover the molecular processes of life and how this knowledge can be applied in medical science and biotechnology.

Studies in this discipline are also available via the Bachelor of Biomedicine.


Alyana Obtinalla

"It's quite exciting learning about various processes and mechanisms at the molecular level, and how some things that are so small can have a great impact on organisms. Not only do you get involved theoretically, there are hands-on subjects such as Advanced Techniques in Molecular Science, where you gain experience and skills working in a laboratory."


  • Career Outcomes

    You can use your knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to pursue employment in basic, medical and pharmaceutical research, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, agriculture, teaching, patent law, the environment, and food processing industries. You can also work on the development, production and marketing of biochemical consumables and equipment, or on policy making in government departments.

    Earnings for life scientists, which includes Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major are very well prepared for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, and informatics, and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.