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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Biotechnology)

Learn how living organisms can benefit people and the environment.

Be prepared to work as a professional in one of the most exciting areas of modern science by combining theory and specialised practical training in the life sciences with the study of related business, legal, ethical and social issues. The degree is underpinned by knowledge in entrepreneurial and corporate biotechnology.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years full-time
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $36,500
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
Prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: None
IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 50
CRICOS code: 074775G
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Biotechnology at Flinders

  • Choose from a medical biotechnology or molecular biotechnology stream
  • Learn from practising researchers who are recognised internationally
  • Unique topics in foundations in microbiology and bioscience from the bench to the community – if you choose the molecular biotechnology stream
  • Understand science in the global market through commercialisation, entrepreneurship, financial management and business
  • Offers research project placements within the University, Flinders Medical Centre and the biotechnology industry

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • Undertake research laboratory placements.
  • Participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions with industry and medical research leaders.
  • Choose to complete a six-week summer research project and/or a nine-month honours research project in industry, research organisations or appropriately accredited institutions nationally.
  • Compulsory topics in laboratories include practical exercises that require manual dexterity.


“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


Biotechnology is changing the world around us and is considered the growth technology of the 21st Century – with job opportunities to match. It is an exciting field of science that combines aspects of medicine and biology. The possible applications are almost endless – from the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases and improved production of therapeutic agents to the development of enhanced crop species, transgenic organisms for new drugs, biosensors for environmental pollutants and improved waste treatment processes.

Potential occupations include:

  • biotechnologist
  • bioanalytical quality assurance associate
  • biodiscovery research officer
  • graduate research assistant
  • medical information associate.

Potential employers include:

  • Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics
  • Bionomics
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Novozymes.