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Biotechnology skills in demand globally

The global demand for entrepreneurial scientists with skills in biotechnology, and advanced knowledge of commercialisation is increasing.

Our new Master of Biotechnology draws on our world leading teaching and research strengths in microbiology, clinical and environmental microbiology, and molecular biology and genomics, and bioinformatics.

It will also equip you with a thorough understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements in product discovery and development, as well as business and innovation trends, marketing and business planning.

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Study biomedical science at Griffith

Contribute to the provision of scientific solutions to national and international problems and develop new technologies for the sustainable advancement of society, with a Master of Biotechnology.

This program is designed for graduate or professional scientists who wish to extend their skills and knowledge in clinical and environmental microbiology, bioinformatics, protein science, molecular biology and genomics and apply it in a competitive commercial environment.

It is also suited to scientists wishing to become business or research managers and entrepreneurs in the exciting world of Biotechnology with applications in clinical, agriculture, food and the environment.

Developed in response to industry needs

This exciting new program has been developed in response to industry needs for professionals with skills in business innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as bioinformatics and regulatory compliance knowledge.

This masters draws on the combined expertise of Griffith’s School of Environment and Science, Griffith Law School and Griffith Business School, as well as research staff across two research institutes, the Griffith Institute of Drug Discovery and Institute for Glycomics.

Flexible to focus on research or industry experience

Students have the flexibility to pursue a smaller research project and undertake an industry internship, or an extended research project as a pathway to PhD.

Regardless of the pathway you choose, you will still undertake a research component in your area of specialisation and have access to our globally recognised institutes, Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery and Institute for Glycomics.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

You’ll have access to the latest technologies associated with the development of new molecular biotechnologies, business planning and marketing strategies.

You’ll develop the ability to innovate, plan, manage and implement new biotechnologies, as well as design, critically review and undertake experimental programs in modern biotechnology research and commercial environments.

You’ll be equipped with the skills to analyse and interpret data using the most current bioinformatics tools.

Further, you’ll develop communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with researchers, work effectively in multidisciplinary teams and provide high quality reports to employers and the wider scientific community.

Flexible exit points

You also have the flexibility to exit the Masters program early if you wish or your circumstances change.

If you’ve successfully completed 4 courses (40 credit points) you can exit with a Graduate Certificate in Science.

If you’ve successfully completed 8 courses (80 credit points) you have the option to exit with a Graduate Diploma of Science, so you still receive credit for your studies.

5-Star Rated

Science at Griffith has rated 5-stars for Educational Experience, Teaching Quality and Student Support by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Sandra Duffy

PhD Candidate

Working in a drug discovery lab PhD candidate Sandra Duffy was inspired to undertake a research degree to hopefully resolve an issue she’d been plagued by for years – variable parasite behaviour.

“Throughout my 10 years working within malaria drug discovery, I noticed inconsistent parasite behaviour, which made me question what made them behave this way.”

“With so many questions and not all the answers, the obvious research project for me was to investigate why we sometimes see these differences in how the parasite is growing and the consequences in relation to experimental outcomes.”

Sandra Duffy


We offer a range of scholarships for new and continuing students.

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Career outcomes

Graduates will be highly employable, obtaining a broad and in-depth understanding of current biotechnologies, business and innovation trends, marketing and business planning as well as obtaining knowledge on how to manage research in an industry environment.

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July


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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

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Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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