Master of Biotechnology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. Enriched by inputs from genomic research, biotechnology is becoming a major force for development in all countries. Entwined with culture and socio-ethical values, biotechnology contributes to solving problems like food and water insecurity. 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 next generation genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, genetic engineering methods like CRISPR, and basic and advanced bioinformatics. Current streams include the application of biotechnology to generate aquatic products, services and energy, for environmental monitoring, protection, food security and reuse of waste, Genetics and Genomics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioethics 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. 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 School of Molecular Sciences and UWA School of Agriculture 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 / 2021
Administered by
Agriculture and Environment
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
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Sasha Jenkins
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-AQTCH AQUAtech (Not available in 2021)
SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SP-ENVBT Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology
SP-GENOM Genetics and Genomics

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSMKTG5503Enterprise and Innovation
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/workshops/seminars: total of 36 hours over 8 weeks
NSMKTG5604Technology Commercialisation
Prerequisites:
MKTG5503 Enterprise and Innovation or enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MKTG5603 Management of Technology and Innovation
lectures/seminars: 36 hours (12 x 3 hours)
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 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550) or honours in the Faculty of Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures and Seminars: 27 hours
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology or the Master of Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials and/or workshops: 6 hours per week

Students in course by coursework only tale all unis from this group (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5004Professional Skills in Science
Prerequisites:
Completion of 24 Points And Course Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) Or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics (ID 440) Or 51580 Master of Science Communication (ID 189) Or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE5005Science in Practice
Prerequisites:
SCIE5004 Professional Skills in Science
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
1x 2hr session per week contact by consultation as required

Students in course by coursework and dissertation take 24 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SCIE5571Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
satisfy eligibility criteria for research project or dissertation for course And Course Enrolment HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science (ID 1395) Or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science (ID 1397) Or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management (ID 1398) Or 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics (ID 440) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5572Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
SCIE5571 Dissertation Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5573Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
SCIE5572 Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5574Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
SCIE5573 Dissertation Part 3
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor

AQUAtech (Not available in 2021) 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 requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BIOC4002Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) And ATAR Subject Chemistry Or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063) or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1746) And BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function (ID 1331)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I (ID 551) And GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 x 1 hour introduction 1 x 1 hour introductory laboratory session 7 x 3 hour laboratory sessions 6 x 1 hour post lab sessions

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ENVT5004Decoding and Recoding for Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures 15 x 1 hour Face to Face, 4 x 2hr Industry Tutorials, 2 x 6hr Industry Field Trips.
N/AENVT5575Aquaculture and the Blue Economy
Prerequisites:
ENVT5576 Aquatic Ecology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
TBC
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72530 Master of Environmental Science (ID 166) Or 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1BIOL4410Environmental Genomics
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 Units in genetics or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Block teaching of lectures and fieldwork over two weeks. Block teaching of bioinformatic analysis, biological data analysis and group presentation over 1 week, 8 weeks after initial block. lectures x 15hrs, fieldwork x 8hrs, lab work x 24hrs, analysis x 40hrs, prep delivery & group presentation x 15hrs, essay prep x 48hrs
N/AMGMT5641Commercialisation 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.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/AMGMT5642Commercialisation 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
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1SCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Master of Environmental Science (72530) or Master of Biological Science (72520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580) or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
7 hours per week for 6 weeks

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 requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BIOC4003Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) And 6 Points Unit BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I (ID 6621) Or 12 Points Units BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1746) And BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function (ID 1331)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function (ID 1380) And BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry (ID 1430)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 x 1 hour introduction 1 x 1 hour introductory laboratory session 7 x 3 hour laboratory sessions 6 x 1 hour post lab sessions

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
workshops: 12 hours; presentation sessions: approx. 6 hours (depending on number of students); consultation with academic staff during presentation planning approx. 0.5 hours
S2BIOC5001Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Techniques
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71540 Master of Health Science (ID 384) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) And 6 Points BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II (ID 6620) Or Enrolment (other than course) MJD-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ID 329) or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
tutorials/workshops: 24 hours per semester
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.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester
S2SCIE5508Synthetic Biology: Solving Global Challenges
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials / workshops; 5 hours per week

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ENVT5001Biotechnology 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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/case study work: 2 hours per fortnight
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Approx 12hrs workshops followed by self-led research and consultation with academic staff to plan your presentation. There will be approx 6hrs contact during presentations.
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 eqiuvalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per teaching period
N/AMGMT5641Commercialisation 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.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/AMGMT5642Commercialisation 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
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology specialisation Genetics and Genomics (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science Neuroscience specialisation (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550) and SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology Practical and Theoretical Problems.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester; presentation sessions: approx. 6 (depending on student enrolment)
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week

Environmental and Agricultural 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 requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BIOC4002Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) And ATAR Subject Chemistry Or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063) or Equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell (ID 1746) And BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function (ID 1331)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I (ID 551) And GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 x 1 hour introduction 1 x 1 hour introductory laboratory session 7 x 3 hour laboratory sessions 6 x 1 hour post lab sessions

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ENVT5001Biotechnology 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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/case study work: 2 hours per fortnight
S1ENVT5004Decoding and Recoding for Environmental Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Biological Science (72520)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures 15 x 1 hour Face to Face, 4 x 2hr Industry Tutorials, 2 x 6hr Industry Field Trips.
S2ENVT5514Environmental Biosensing Agents: Contaminants, Cleanup and Crops
Prerequisites:
BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I or equivalent
Co-requisites:
ENVT5001 Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
Incompatibility:
NIL
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/practical work: 4 hours per fortnight

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSAGRI4401Precision Agriculture
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science (ID 1395)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 7 days in July
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275) Or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
N/AMGMT5641Commercialisation 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.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/AMGMT5642Commercialisation 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
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology specialisation Genetics and Genomics (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science Neuroscience specialisation (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550) and SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology Practical and Theoretical Problems.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester; presentation sessions: approx. 6 (depending on student enrolment)

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 requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GENE4003Integrated Topics in Genetics II
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71540 Master of Health Science (ID 384) Or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) And 6 Points GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275) Or 12 Points GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I (ID 551) And GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Units GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II (ID 617) And GENE3350 Evolution and Development (ID 685)
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
STAT1400 Statistics for Science; STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics; STAT2210 Biometrics 1; SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1 x 1 hour introduction 1 x 1 hour introductory laboratory session 7 x 3 hour laboratory sessions 6 x 1 hour post lab sessions

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Approx 12hrs workshops followed by self-led research and consultation with academic staff to plan your presentation. There will be approx 6hrs contact during presentations.
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 eqiuvalent.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per teaching period
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biotechnology specialisation Genetics and Genomics (71580) or the Master of Health Science (71540) or the Master of Biomedical Science Neuroscience specialisation (71520) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (62550) and SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology Practical and Theoretical Problems.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester; presentation sessions: approx. 6 (depending on student enrolment)
S2SCIE5508Synthetic Biology: Solving Global Challenges
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials / workshops; 5 hours per week

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points, of which at least 1 unit must be at Level 5.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1AGRI4410Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) HON-BOTNY Botany (ID 1394) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) HON-CONBI Conservation Biology (ID 1379)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
N/AAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science (ID 1395) Or HON-BTECH Biotechnology (ID 4598)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
2 x 3-hr sessions every second week for six weeks
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) Or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) Or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) Or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) And 6 Points Unit GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I (ID 6275) Or GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance (ID 616)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5001Biotechnology 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)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/case study work: 2 hours per fortnight
N/AMGMT5641Commercialisation 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.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
N/AMGMT5642Commercialisation 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
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1, S2SCIE5515Global Challenges in Biomedical Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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 and Agricultural Biotechnology specialisation, an applicant must have successfully completed Chemistry ATAR, or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry 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

(5) For the AQUAtech specialistion an applicant must have successfully completed Chemistry ATAR, 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 excluding conversion units, with at least 12 points of core units, of which a minimum of 6 points must be degree core

, 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-AQTCH AQUAtech (Not available in 2021)
  • SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • SP-ENVBT Environmental and Agricultural 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 and Agricultural Biotechnology or AQUAtech specialisations who were required to complete SCIE4404 Techniques in Molecular Sciences must have achieved a mark of at least 70% in this unit.