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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Undergraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleDipBiotech(ResMgt)
CRICOS code037829E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Gippsland)
Contact details



  • Students must be concurrently enrolled in a bachelors degree at Monash University. Entry to this diploma is permitted after completion of first year level studies in the student's bachelor degree and no later than the start of the third year level of bachelors studies. Completion of entry requirements or permission of the managing faculty of the student's bachelor degree is required.
  • Equivalent of one year full-time study, taken over 3-4 years.


The course is designed for students already enrolled in a bachelors degree who wish to undertake additional studies to complete a major sequence in biotechnology (in addition to the major sequences allowed in their degree course). Students complete the major sequence in biotechnology as offered within the Bachelor of Science, normally over two years of part-time study concurrent with their bachelors degree.


The biotechnology major sequence within course 0050 Bachelor of Science involves an inter-disciplinary program of study. Students build on their basic knowledge of chemistry or biology and develop an understanding and appreciation of the molecular and chemical processes that underlie the wide variety of functions in all forms of life, including micro-organisms, plants and animals. Depending on the choice of units taken at level three students will understand the practical applications and have gained advanced knowledge in an area of molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, or chemical science/engineering.

Entry requirements

Students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science, or equivalent program, who have achieved at least a distinction grade in one (or more) of the following units are eligible to apply for admission:

Students from other faculties wishing to enrol in this course are required to seek prior approval from the faculty administering their degree course.

Course progression

A combination of credit (up to 24 points), overload and study of units during summer semester allows students to complete the diploma at the same time as their bachelors degree or within an extra semester, depending on the time of entry to the course. The Regulations of the Faculty of Science allow students to overload their semester unit enrolment by 6 points (at second and third year only) with approval if they have achieved an average mark of at least a credit over the previous 48 points of study.


The course consists of four core units and four electives.


The course consists of 48 points of studies in total. Students must complete the requirements for a major sequence in biotechnology as approved for course 0050 Bachelor of Science. The specific requirements are described at


Diploma of Biotechnology (Research and Management)