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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

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 titleBSc(Biotech)/BSc(MedBioSci)
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Dr Emily Goh Joo Kheng


  • The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 192 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single subject basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.
  • This course has compulsory off-campus placement requirements.


This double-degree program provides the opportunity to combine studies in biotechnology with medical bioscience. Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of science across a range of disciplines with a high level of understanding and appreciation in a broad spectrum of areas relating to medical bioscience and biotechnology, with an emphasis on aspects of human health in tropical regions. Graduates will have the skills to utilise sophisticated equipment to effectively communicate, liaise and cooperate with others in a multidisciplinary setting and to work within and contribute to a team environment, particularly in the field of patient care.


Refer to the Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) entry at and Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience) entry at


Students must undergo industrial training at stage three of the course via a professional attachment to a clinical or medical laboratory as part of the course requirements.


This course comprises core and elective units.


Students must complete all of the following:

  • ANT2331 Introduction to anatomy and medical terminology
  • BIO1011 Biology I
  • BIO1022 Biology II
  • BTH1802 Fundamentals of biotechnology
  • BTH2732 Recombinant DNA technology
  • BTH2741 Biochemistry
  • BTH2752 Cellular metabolism
  • BTH2820 Crop science
  • BTH3741 Medical cell biology
  • BTH3752 Molecular biology and biotechnology
  • BTH3820 Plant biotechnology
  • CHM1011 Chemistry
  • CHM1022 Chemistry
  • CHM2922 Spectroscopy and analytical chemistry
  • GEN2041 Foundations of genetics
  • GEN3040 Genomics and molecular genetics
  • GEN3051 Medical and forensic genetics
  • MIC2011 Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology
  • PSY1011 Psychology 1A or PSY1022 Psychology 1B
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • SCI2010 The practice and application of science
  • SCI3716 Laboratory and workplace management
  • 6 points of level two physiology (PHY) units
  • at least three of BTH3722 (Medical microbiology), IMM3802 (Essentials of applied immunology), MBS3010 (Population health and healthcare), and PHA3801 (Principles of pharmacology)
  • additional elective units chosen from any faculty at Sunway, including units offered for other science courses, to take the total credit points to 192

Note: Students must complete:

  • at least 36 points of science units at level one and at least 24 points of science units at level three
  • no more than 60 points of level one units overall.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may graduate with either of the single degrees in this course following completion of at least 144 points and all core units of the relevant degree.


Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

Bachelor of Science (Medical Bioscience)