Master of Biotechnology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. The use of plants, animals and bacteria, enhanced by areas such as genetics and genomics gives rise to new food, fibre and chemical production routes, new strategies for environmental protection and stewardship as well as training the next generation of biomolecular scientists.

This is a signature program designed to set us apart from other Universities by offering a thorough grounding in state-of-the-art biotechnology and combining this with training in enterprise and commercialisation. This includes developing the theory of genetics and molecular biology in parallel with skills training in practical techniques such as genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, recombinant DNA methods, and basic and advanced bioinformatics. Current streams include the application of biotechnology to Plant and Animal Breeding, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetics and Genomics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Commercialisation. An important market advantage stems from the incorporation of commercialisation and enterprise, business planning and company spin out into the course.

This cross-Faculty course draws on the expertise of staff in the UWA Business School, business angels and mentors in biotechnology spin outs to provide the academic and business skills graduates need to make a significant contribution to the biotechnology sector now and into the future. There are also opportunities for students to pursue options from other faculties. Graduates will be well positioned to pursue careers in international research laboratories, government agencies as well as the private sector.

The core of the course draws on the expertise in Science and Business to provide a basis for skills training in biotechnology and combining this with skills in enterprise and commercialisation. In the Faculty of Science, key components are provided by the Schools of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Animal Biology, Plant Biology, and Earth and Environment. The Business School provides the required skills training in the commercialisation of biotechnological innovation.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Biotechnology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MBioTech
Course code
71580
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
083859F

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Biotechnology has the following exit awards: 73380 Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (48 points) (48 points), 73280 Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (24 points) (24 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Andrew Whiteley
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Specialisations

SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SP-ENVBT Environmental Biotechnology
SP-GENOM Genetics and Genomics

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

For students in course by coursework and dissertation, take all units from Group A (36 points); OR

For students in course by coursework and research project, take all units from Group B (36 points).

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSMKTG5503Enterprise and Innovation
NSMKTG5604Technology Commercialisation
Incompatibility:
MKTG5603 Management of Technology and Innovation
S1SCIE4001Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Health Science (71540) or Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or honours in the Faculty of Science

Group A: Take units as per sequence notes.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2BTEC5501Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or (ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and (iii) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project and (iv) students who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in this unit.
Co-requisites:
BTEC5506 Biotechnology Masters Research Project Development
S1, S2BTEC5502Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
S1, S2BTEC5503Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
S1, S2BTEC5504Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
BTEC5505 Biotechnology Masters Research Presentation
S1, S2BTEC5505Biotechnology Masters Research Presentation
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71850)
Co-requisites:
BTEC5504 Biotechnology Masters Research Dissertation Part 4
S1, S2BTEC5506Biotechnology Masters Research Project Development
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or (ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and (iii) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project and (iv) students who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in this unit.

Group B: Take units as per sequence notes.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2BTEC5507Biotechnology Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or (ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and (iii) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project and (iv) students who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70 per cent in this unit.
Co-requisites:
MGMT5639 Commercialisation Management Project or MGMT5641 Commercialisation Management Project 1
S1, S2BTEC5508Biotechnology Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71520). Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
BTEC5507 Biotechnology Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2BTEC5509Biotechnology Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71520). Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
BTEC5508 Biotechnology Research Project Part 1
S1, S2BTEC5510Biotechnology Research Project Part 3
Co-requisites:
BTEC5509 Biotechnology Research Project Part 2
S1, S2MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation

Students who have not completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2BIOC4003Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Biomedical Science and BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)

Take all units (18 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1BIOC4001Advanced Studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II or an undergraduate major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II or an undergraduate major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or equivalent.
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II or GENE4003 or undergraduate major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Chemistry or Genetics.

For students in course by coursework only take 6 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points, of which at least 2 units must be at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530)
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or a Genetics major or major in Anatomy and Human Biology and ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or a Genetics major or equivalent.
S1, S2MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
S1, S2MGMT5641Commercialisation Management Project 1
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
S1, S2MGMT5642Commercialisation Management Project 2
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
Co-requisites:
MGMT5641 Commercialisation Management Project 1
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)

Environmental Biotechnology specialisation

Students who have not completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2BIOC4002Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biomedical Science or Master of Biotechnology and Chemistry ATAR or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510)
Incompatibility:
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)

Take all units from this group (18 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S2ENVT5514Environmental Biosensing Agents: Contaminants, Cleanup and Crops
Prerequisites:
ENVT5001 Biotechnology in the Natural Environment, BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I or equivalent
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science

For students in course by coursework only take 6 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2ENVT5002Advanced Studies in Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530)

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSAGRI4401Advanced Crop Production Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
NSBIOL4408Marine Ecology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Master of Ecotourism (73510) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004); ANIM3361 Animal Populations or ENVT3363 Ecological Processes or equivalent
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or equivalent.
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Environmental Science (72530) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Hydrogeology (72540) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
S1, S2MGMT5641Commercialisation Management Project 1
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
S1, S2MGMT5642Commercialisation Management Project 2
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
Co-requisites:
MGMT5641 Commercialisation Management Project 1
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)

Genetics and Genomics specialisation

Students who have not completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1, S2GENE4003Integrated Topics in Genetics II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Health Science (71540), Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biomedical Science(71520) and GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or a major in Genetics or (GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance) or equivalent.
Incompatibility:
GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II and GENE3350 Evolution and Development
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)

Take all units from this group (18 points).

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1GENE4001Advanced Studies in Genetics and Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or a Genetics major or major in Anatomy and Human Biology and ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
S1GENE5001Advanced Genomics Techniques
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) and GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or a Genetics major or equivalent.
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)

For students in course by coursework only, take 6 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSBIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) and GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance or equivalent.
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 30 points, of which at least 2 units must be at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S1AGRI4404Breeding and Animal Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Incompatibility:
AGRI4405 Breeding and Plant Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
S1AGRI4405Breeding and Plant Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) (HON-BOTNY) Botany or (HON-CONBI) Conservation Botany
Incompatibility:
AGRI4404 Breeding and Animal Biotechnology, GENE3303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE8303 Genetics and Animal Breeding, GENE3310 Genetics and Plant Breeding, GENE8310 Genetics and Plant Breeding
NSAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Science (70630) or honours or equivalent
Incompatibility:
SCIE8709/SCIE8710 Breeding and Biotechnology in Action Part 1/Part 2
NSENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Agricultural Science (72510) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
S1, S2MGMT5639Commercialisation Management Project (12 points)
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
S1, S2MGMT5641Commercialisation Management Project 1
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
S1, S2MGMT5642Commercialisation Management Project 2
Prerequisites:
There is a requirement that all students enrolling in this unit have a well-defined commercialisation project that they can work on.
Co-requisites:
MGMT5641 Commercialisation Management Project 1
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;

and

(c) met the prerequisite for the chosen specialisation

(2) For the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specialisation an applicant must have—

(a) successfully completed intermediate units at a tertiary level in Biochemistry, or equivalent, as recognised by UWA; and

(b) successfully completed intermediate units at a tertiary level in Molecular Biology, or equivalent, as recognised by UWA

(3) For the Environmental Biotechnology specialisation, an applicant must have successfully completed Chemistry ATAR, or equivalent, as recognised by UWA

(4) For the Genetics and Genomics specialisation, an applicant must have successfully completed intermediate units at a tertiary level in Genetics, or equivalent, as recognised by UWA

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73380 Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (48 points)
  • 73280 Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biotechnology course before completing it, but after completing 48 points, including at least four core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biotechnology course before completing it, but after completing 24 points, including at least two core units, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which includes conversion units to a value of 24 points, course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • SP-ENVBT Environmental Biotechnology
  • SP-GENOM Genetics and Genomics

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed tertiary units that are deemed equivalent to the conversion units for the chosen specialisation are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research project or dissertation

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project or dissertation in this course must:

(i) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation; or

(ii) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and

(iii) must have a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, who has confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.

(iv) Students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Genetics and Genomics or Environmental Biotechnology specialisations who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70% in this unit.