Master of Biotechnology (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Biotechnology is rapidly becoming central to our lives. This signature program is 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. Biotechnology contributes to solving problems like food, fuel and water insecurities, emerging diseases, and pollutants. 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. Key components of the program are provided by the School of Molecular Sciences and UWA School of Agriculture and Environment and include developing the theoretical aspects 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 specialisations include the application of biotechnology for the generation of aquatic products, environmental monitoring, food, fibre and fuel security, reuse of waste, and human health and disease. This program also draws on the expertise of staff in the UWA Business School and mentors in biotechnology spinouts to provide the academic and business skills graduates need to make significant contributions 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.

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 / 2022
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 School
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 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Sasha Jenkins and Dr Nic Taylor
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
SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SP-ENVBT Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology
SP-GENOM Genetics and Genomics
SP-SYNBIO Synthetic Biology

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022; 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 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1MKTG5503Enterprise and Innovation
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/workshops/seminars: total of 36 hours over 8 weeks
S2MKTG5604Technology 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)
S1, S2SCIE4001Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures and Seminars: 27 hours
S2SCIE5507Food Fibre and Fuel Security
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 74230 Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics
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:
Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 74540 Master of Marine Biology or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 51580 Master of Science Communication or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72520 Master of Biological Science 71520 Master of Biomedical Science and Successful completion of 48 points in your chosen degree
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1, S2SCIE5005Science in Practice
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) 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:
Enrolment in HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or HON-NRMGT Natural Resource Management or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and satisfy eligibility criteria for research project or dissertation
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5572Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE5571 Dissertation Part 1
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5573Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE5572 Dissertation Part 2
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor
S1, S2SCIE5574Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Successful completion of Or Enrolment in Unit(s) SCIE5573 Dissertation Part 3
Incompatibility:
Nil
as required by supervisor

AQUAtech 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 School(s):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BIOC4002Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology and Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
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 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72520 Master of Biological Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures 15 x 1 hour (online and pre-recorded), 5 x 1hr Industry seminar (Face to Face), Industry Contact (dependent on partner selected)
S2ENVT5514Environmental Biosensing Agents and Assays
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/practical work: 4 hours per fortnight
N/AENVT5575Aquaculture and the Blue Economy
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 74540 Master of Marine Biology or 72520 Master of Biological Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432) or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
S1BIOL4410Environmental Genomics
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of level 2 Unit(s) 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
S2ENVT5576Aquatic Ecology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 74540 Master of Marine Biology or HON-ENVSC Environmental Science or HON-GGRPY Geographical Sciences
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1x2hr lecture 1x3hr laboratory/practical plus a field trip
S1SCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
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 School(s):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BIOC4003Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science and Successful completion of two Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell or equivalent and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function and Unit(s) BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72550 Master of Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 71590 Master of Oceanography or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science and Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics and Unit(s) 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:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
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 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Successful completion of Unit(s) BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II (ID 6620) or Major(s) 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:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science and Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II (ID 6620) or Major(s) MJD-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
tutorials/workshops: 24 hours per semester
S1MSCI4006Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOC4003 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II or Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or Successful completion of Major(s) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Major(s) Chemistry or Major(s) Genetics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester
S2SCIE5508Synthetic Biology: Solving Global Challenges
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
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 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or HON-BTECH Biotechnology
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 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or Enrolment in Major(s) Genetics or Major(s) Anatomy and Human Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) 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 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or Major(s) Genetics or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per teaching period
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per semester; presentation sessions: approx. 6 (depending on student enrolment)
S1SCIE5509Synthetic Biology: Novel Tools for Bioengineering
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Co-requisites:
Nil
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

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 School(s):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BIOC4002Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology and Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2GENE4002Integrated Topics in Genetics I
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
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 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or HON-BTECH Biotechnology
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 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72520 Master of Biological Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures 15 x 1 hour (online and pre-recorded), 5 x 1hr Industry seminar (Face to Face), Industry Contact (dependent on partner selected)
S2ENVT5514Environmental Biosensing Agents and Assays
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) BIOC4002 Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
Co-requisites:
Nil
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
S1AGRI4410Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1AGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science or HON-BTECH Biotechnology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
2 x 3-hr sessions every second week for six weeks
S2BIOL4407Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165) or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390) or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4) or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432) or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
150 hours in total
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5515Environmental Management in Mining
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of one Unit(s) ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
1x 2hr lectures per week 1x 2hr online practicals per week 1 x field trip – in-person or virtual
S2ENVT5517Ecological Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures: 2 hours per week Workshops: up to 2 hours per week
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
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 School(s):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2GENE4003Integrated Topics in Genetics II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or Successful completion of or two Unit(s) GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I and Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II and Unit(s) GENE3350 Evolution and Development
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72550 Master of Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 71590 Master of Oceanography or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science and Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics and Unit(s) 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:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
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 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or Enrolment in Major(s) Genetics or Major(s) Anatomy and Human Biology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) 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 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4003 Integrated Topics in Genetics II or Major(s) Genetics or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures and tutorials: 24 hours per teaching period
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
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:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
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:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1AGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science or HON-BTECH Biotechnology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
2 x 3-hr sessions every second week for six weeks
S2BIOL5542Conservation Genetics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Successful completion of one Unit(s) GENE4002 Integrated Topics in Genetics I or Unit(s) GENE2250 Principles of Inheritance
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2ENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or HON-BTECH Biotechnology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/case study work: 2 hours per fortnight
S1SCIE5509Synthetic Biology: Novel Tools for Bioengineering
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Co-requisites:
Nil
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

Synthetic 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 School(s):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2BIOC4003Fundamentals of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science and Successful completion of two Unit(s) BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell or equivalent and Unit(s) BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function or equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) BIOC3003 Omics—Global Approaches to Cell Function and Unit(s) BIOC3005 Cellular Biochemistry
6 x 2 hr tutorials over the course of a semester.
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72550 Master of Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 71590 Master of Oceanography or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science and Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics and Unit(s) 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:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.
NSSCIE4404Techniques in Molecular Sciences
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
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
S2SCIE4002Bioinformatics and Data Analysis for Genomics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71540 Master of Health Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics and Successful completion of one Unit(s) SCIE4001 Collecting, Analysing and Interpreting Big Data in Biology
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:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389) or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359) or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics (ID 1490)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures, tutorials / workshops; 5 hours per week
S1SCIE5509Synthetic Biology: Novel Tools for Bioengineering
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1SCIE5516Materials Characterisation for Bioengineering and Synthetic Biology
Prerequisites:
62550 Master of Professional Engineering (ID 356) Biomedical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation or Mechanical Engineering specialisation or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hrs per week; tutorial/activity: 2 hrs per week for up to 12 weeks

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

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1AGRI4410Breeding and Biotechnology
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology HON-AGSCI Agricultural Science
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures: 2 hours per week; practicals: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S2ENVT5001Biotechnology in the Natural Environment
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or HON-BTECH Biotechnology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per fortnight; field trips/case study work: 2 hours per fortnight
S1ENVT5005Waste and the Circular Economy
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Lectures 15 x 1 hour (online and pre-recorded), 5 x 1hr Industry seminar (Face to Face), Industry Contact (dependent on partner selected)
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks—theory is provided by the unit coordinators and guest speakers; tutorials: 2 hour per week for 12 weeks—students present cases of bogus and corrupted science in classes, discuss further the material covered in the seminars, and are asked to support their learning with examples of their choice, thus guaranteeing a multidisciplinary flavour to this unit. The advanced academic training and research experience required of the postgraduate and honours students attending this unit provide the grounds for scholarly and informed discussions during the tutorials.
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

(6) For the Synthetic Biology specialisation an applicant must have successfully completed intermediate units at a tertiary level in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or 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 School 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 School 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
  • SP-BCHMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • SP-ENVBT Environmental and Agricultural Biotechnology
  • SP-GENOM Genetics and Genomics
  • SP-SYNBIO Synthetic Biology

(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. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

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.

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).


Additional rules
Research project or dissertation

14. 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 Synthetic Biology 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.