What is biosecurity? It’s everything from engineering to food, to disease and climate change. It is the forefront of keeping countries safe, especially Australia. Put yourself at the forefront of one of most prominent risks facing global security with the Master of Biotechnology.

Study alongside our leading researchers who work on issues of global importance in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in the biomedical, animal and plant sciences.

You will also consider the social and ethical impacts of biotechnological research.

Program details

The Master of Biotechnology is designed with a broad range of specialist subjects, allowing you to tailor the program to suit your knowledge, interests and skills. Your studies will include:

  • Molecular Gene Technology
  • Advanced Research Techniques
  • Research Project preparation skills

You can chose from a  range of courses including:

  • Genetics
  • Biosecurity
  • Advances in Medical and Plant Biochemistry
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Biology, Society and Ethics
  • Bioinformatics and Biological Modelling
  • Advanced Mathematical Bioinformatic

And from disciplines such as:

  • Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Scientific Communication.

Advanced program

This Advanced program incorporates a research project supervised by an academic, and is a gateway to further research, such as a PhD. A scholarship is offered to international students who receive the highest mark in the Advanced program.

Key facts

  • #1 for Natural Sciences (QS 2022) in Australia

  • 2 years full time

  • Semester 1 & 2 intake

  • Advanced option available

  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities

  • Support for presentation delivery and English language

  • #1 in Australia for graduate employability (Times Higher Education)

World class facilities

Access green houses, animal housing, state-of-the-art phenotypting tools, and a Mass Spectrometry Facility for metabolomics and proteomics.


Advanced program

Take your learning much further by working with leading scholars in the field and developing theoretical and practical knowledge in contemporary research exploring biotechnology.

Learning experience

David Keiner

Improving Australia's iconic oil

David Keiner is is studying the blue mallee to see how the plant can be tweaked to become a high-quality oil producing behemoth.

Watch David's story
Top-down view of small plants being time-lapse imaged in a SpectralPhenoClimatron chamber

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

Use state-of-the-art phenotyping tools at the only place in the world that provides high-calibre public sector access to infrastructure and expertise on crop performance.

Check out the facility
Pallavi Venkatesh

Graduating with a masters and a medical discovery

Pallavi studied one of the most important tools in modern medicine, the Vaccinia virus, which was used as a vaccine to eradicate smallpox.

Read about Pallavi's study experience

Fees & scholarships


Please visit the Programs and Courses website for information about fees.

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Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.

Key people

Dr Rachael Remington

Dr Rachael Remington

Dr Rachael Remington

Rachael's research has primarily focused on freshwater fishes: from investigating patterns of desert larval fish drift ecology to evolution of turbid-water traits in North American minnows.

Susan Howitt

Professor Susan Howitt

Susan Howitt

Susan’s research has covered a range of different proteins including nutrient transporters from plants and cyanobacteria to neurotransmitter receptors. She also undertakes educational research which currently addresses assessing the effectiveness of student research experiences.

How to apply

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the domestic postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

Domestic postgraduate applications

Understand the how to apply steps

Visit the international postgraduate applications page to prepare for your application to ANU.

International postgraduate applications

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