Drosophila flies being exposed to various odours to measure their neurological activity

Master of Biotechnology(Advanced option available)


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 Science in 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.

Learning experience

Improving Australia's iconic oil - 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.

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.

Meet some of your teachers

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.


Many students enjoy Masters of Biotechnology, with the degree achieving an 86% overall satisfaction rating (UG and PG Satisfaction Rating).

As a graduate, you will be highly employable for work in senior and specialised roles in biotechnology in Australia and across the world including project management, research and analysis, education and community awareness, and policy.

Graduates work across a range of science research in highly regarded organisations such as:

  • The Australian National University
  • National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
  • Google
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • China Scholarship Council
  • National University of Singapore
  • Symphony Teleca

You could also work in universities, private consultancy firms, think tanks, state and local government agencies, and research centres.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

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

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Learn about different areas of Biotechnology, examples of careers and employment trends, as well as an overview of studying the Master of Biotechnology at ANU.

How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

Gather supporting documents

If you graduated from an Australian university, UAC will be able to access your results in most cases. However, you may be asked to provide transcripts or other documentation, so it is a good idea to prepare your records just in case.

You can still apply before you complete your Bachelor Degree if you are in your final year, and you must advise UAC in your application. You may need to provide a copy of your academic transcript directly to UAC as soon as you complete your degree. UAC will provide instructions during the application process.

Submit an application

You will need to submit your application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Receive an offer

All offers are made through UAC and are released on a rolling basis. You can access your offers and correspondence by logging into your UAC account.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

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 Postgraduate to start your application.

Receive an offer

There are three assessment rounds in each semester. Applying in the first round will give you three opportunities to be assessed and accepted, giving you the best chance of being offered a place at ANU.

Accept your offer

Accept the offer and enrol at ANU!

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