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For Trimester 2, 2020, you will be able to start your study from home. If restrictions are lifted we will continue to offer our students the flexibility to study online or a combination of online and on campus for the rest of the Trimester.

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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Online, 8 – 19 June

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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

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.


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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Wednesday 29 April — Thursday 30 April

Parent and Student Information Webinars

We understand that high school students and their families have many questions about the transition to tertiary study. Register for one of our online webinars and get the right advice from our expert study advisers to support your child's journey to university.

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Monday 6 July — Wednesday 8 July

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) - CANCELLED

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo - CANCELLED

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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