Our understanding of how the molecules of life actually work is increasing every day and opens up an exciting new world of possibilities in biotechnology.

Biotechnology is the use of biological knowledge to develop new processes and products for use in industry, health, agribusiness and other areas of human technology. Biotechnology advances can be based on knowledge from biological sciences, chemical sciences, physical sciences or engineering.

This major will provide you with training in a relevant discipline area, with specialisations in agrifood, molecular, biomedical and chemical biotechnology. You will also discover how the products of scientific research are commercialised.

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


Belinda Quang

"There are countless possibilities when you are able to combine science and business. I believe one of the reasons why biotechnology is a rapidly expanding field is that it has both book and street smarts in its application.“


  • Career Outcomes

    Training in biotechnology provides skills for jobs in many fields, including medical and veterinary sciences, food technology, forensic science, agriculture and waste management. Employment opportunities can also be found in a wide range of industries within both the private and public sector.

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

    My dream career is to work in business development; helping to commercialise and translate scientific innovations. Nicholas Lim

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a Biotechnology major are very well prepared for:

    • Professionally-focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, 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.
    My research area of interest is in the development of nutrient-rich staple foods. Ultimately my aim is to aid in the alleviation of nutritional deficiencies and help shape food systems in developing countries. Jesse Beasley

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Biotechnology

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.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective