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Biotechnology (6 months)

Distilling expertise in the biological sciences and medicine, the biotechnology postgraduate program at Flinders is designed to provide you with advanced theoretical scientific knowledge and strong research training plus an understanding of industry and business issues required for modern biotechnology.

Biotechnology is the use of living organisms, or their cells, to create products or processes. Those organisms may be as simple as bacteria or as complex as whole animals or plants.

Quick Facts

Duration: 6 months
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $18,800
Location: Adelaide Campus, Australia
CRICOS code: 038768E
Delivery mode: On campus

Flinders University is a pioneer in biotechnology education in Australia and places a strong emphasis on research training with a 10-month research project.

The law, ethics, society and the environment have great relevance into biotechnology and you will have the opportunity to examine all of these areas as an integral part of the biotechnology program at Flinders.

In addition to teaching, staff run world-class research programs in a wide range of areas of biotechnology, including cancer and immunology research, biomaterials, bio-processing, plant disease resistance and biocontrol, enzyme applications, reproductive technology, therapeutic drug discovery, functional foods, bio-energy, water quality and marine biotechnology.

What you will study

Theoretical scientific knowledge is complemented by relevant practical laboratory training and backed up by business training in financial, marketing and management skills. The law, ethics, society and the environment have great relevance in biotechnology and all are examined. Core topics cover areas such as DNA to genome; protein to proteome; molecular biotechnology; legal, ethical and social aspects of bioscience; and professional skills for biotechnology. Application topics cover industrial and pharmaceutical biotechnology; environmental biotechnology; and plant and food biotechnology.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates can expect to apply their knowledge to the production and marketing of biotechnology products and services. They are job ready and highly skilled for medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial and environmental applications.

Potential occupations include:

  • bioanalytical chemist
  • biodiscovery research scientist
  • business development manager
  • medical scientist
  • biotechnologist
  • clinical researcher
  • plant research
  • applied microbiologist
  • research assistant.

Potential employers include:

  • university and hospital research laboratories
  • biotechnology industry
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • agricultural industry.