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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Offered bySchool of Biological Sciences


The Bachelor of Biotechnology is a four-year program that is offered by three faculties - Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering, with support from the faculties of Arts, Information Technology, Business and Economics, Law, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The program was developed following extensive consultation with employers, consultants to the biotechnology industry, the Victorian Government, careers teachers and leaders of biotechnology programs at other universities.

The course provides graduates with a strong foundation in the science disciplines of biology, chemistry and mathematics as well as skills and techniques in molecular biology, microbiology and biochemistry. Students complete core units at each stage specifically addressing issues relevant to the biotechnology industry, including ethics, business and law.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the the relevant course.

Sequence requirements

Students complete a major sequence to specialise in an area of biotechnology. The area of specialisation is selected after stage one and is in one of the following areas:

  • biomolecular processing
  • chemical biotechnology
  • medical biotechnology
  • materials and nanotechnology
  • plant and animal biotechnology
  • pharmaceutical chemistry.

At stage four of the course, students either complete an honours year program involving independent research, analysis and a combination of coursework and project unit covering application and commercialisation aspects of biotechnology, or a program of advanced coursework.

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Relevant Courses

3527 Bachelor of Biotechnology