A female ANU biotechonology students using a microscope

Bachelor of Biotechnology

Degree overview

Algal biofuels, drought resistant crops and bionic eyes may sound like things of the distant future, but these are just some of the projects our biotechnologists are working on today.

Biotechnology is a fast moving field where scientists use living organisms and their products, to solve real world problems facing modern society. This exciting field has broad applications in medicine, biology, agriculture, manufacturing, renewable energy and engineering.

You will learn the foundations of biology, from genes through to ecology, while examining important questions about ethics and intellectual property.

An ANU Bachelor of Biotechnology gives you the knowledge to develop the fuel sources, foods and medical treatments of the future, while teaching you to think ethically about how they will change our society.

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Biotechnology is a three year degree which means you do not need to nominate any majors or minors as the focus of your studies is inherent in the name. The program also has flexibility to allow you to explore other areas of science in the fields biology, chemistry and neuroscience.

You will have the option of applying for an honours year towards the end of your third year of study.

Student experience

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A group of ANU students travelled to the University of Tsukuba in Japan to complete a course on biodiversity and biotechnology.

Meet two ANU students who have a lot in common

Jiansi and Jianzhen, who share a love of sci-fi films, made a joint decision to leave China and move to Australia.

 Virtual tour

Explore ANU science places, classrooms, laboratories and more through our interactive virtual tour.

Meet some of your teachers

Professor Susan Howitt

Professor Susan Howitt, Program convener

Susan completed her PhD at ANU, working on the genetics of symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria. She then moved to the John Curtin School of Medical Research to work first on the E. coli ATP synthase and later becoming involved in a project on the GABAA receptor. Her current research interests are in the area of student learning, in particular relating to conceptual learning and learning about research.

She is also the Senior Tuckwell Fellow, with responsibility for developing and coordinating a program for the Tuckwell Scholars.

Dr Andras Keszei

Dr Andras Keszei, First year course convener

Andras's areas of expertise are Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics, Terrestrial Ecology, Genome Structure And Regulation, Plant Cell And Molecular Biology, Structural Biology (including Macromolecular Modelling), Natural Products Chemistry, Analytical Spectrometry, and Separation Science. He lectures Molecular and Cell Biology.

Andras was awarded the Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2011.

Dr Mark Ellison, First year course convener

Mark is a senior lecturer and first year Chemistry coordinator in the Research School of Chemistry.

Mark was awarded the Pearson/RACI Centenary of Federation Educator of the year in 2011. He was also awarded a 2012 citation for outstanding contributions to student learning in the Australian Government awards for University Teaching.


Our Bachelor of Biotechnology graduates are highly sought after by government and industry employers in chemical, plant and agricultural, and medical biotechnology. You may also find positions in hospitals, food and pharmaceutical industries, or continue on to a career in research.

The Australian National University has been ranked as the top university for graduate employability in Australia in the Global University Employability Ranking 2020. As a student at ANU, you gain access to the ANU CareerHub – an online career development and employability tool that includes a jobs board and careers resources. You also have access to drop-in chats with a career consultant and to attend our career fairs to meet potential employers.

Fees & Scholarships

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ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

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Understand the entry requirements

Meet the co-curricular or service requirement

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Gather supporting documents

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Submit your application

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Receiving a conditional offer

If your application is successful you will receive an early conditional offer. A conditional offer will be converted to a full offer when you meet the academic requirements for your program and any other conditions included in your conditional offer.

Accept your confirmed final offer

Upon meeting the conditions of your conditional offer, you will receive a final offer. Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

Understand the entry requirements

Prepare entry requirements & support documents

When you apply to ANU, you must be prepared to provide specific documents that we need to assess your application.

Submit your application

Visit the International applications - ANU Undergraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

You can apply at any time throughout the year. Most applications submitted before the 15th day of each month will be considered for an offer on the 1st day of the following month.

You can change your degree preference between the 9th and 15th day of each month. You will have two months to accept your offer from ANU.

View the application dates on the ANU Admissions website.

Accept your offer

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