Courses & Units

Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research 73S



This course will provide high-achieving students with a solid background in human, plant and animal biology, and the tools of modern biology and biotechnology that will equip them to become the researchers of the future in both medical and non-medical areas. The course is structured so that there is a central core, with two major streams (Medical and Biotechnology), which students will select during second year. Choices of specific course streams are related to research strengths at UTAS, and will provide students the opportunity to focus on a specific set of disciplines in second and third year of the course.


Course Name Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research
Course Abbreviation BBiotechMedRes
Course Duration 3 Years
Maximum time to complete (Part-time) 7 Years
CRICOS code 073511F
Responsible Faculty Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology|Faculty of Health



Location Study periods
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2


Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Professor Jim Reid (03) 6226 2604 or Dr Stephen Richards (03) 6226 2673.


This course specifically aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, competencies and awareness in preparation for careers in biomedical research, biotechnology and related areas.

Graduates will gain a broad knowledge of biomedical research and biotechnology, and its scientific basis, and developed skills in written and verbal communication in these areas. They will have delivered many presentations to their peers and teachers during the course, and made extensive use of information technology. Graduates will have solved problems in medical sciences and biotechnology, and have an understanding of the global importance and impacts of medical research and biotechnology. Social and ethical implications of these studies will be emphasised, particularly in the third year units.

Research projects are a feature of many third year units and will provide candidates with the opportunity to develop their potential for research, develop a solid grounding in research methodology and enhance their skills of problem identification and problem-solving, and their ability to develop and present solutions. These units will prepare students for admission to Honours programs.

Career Outcomes

Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research graduates can expect to find employment in a range of areas including the pharmaceutical, pathology and biomedical industries, biotechnology companies, research institutes, hospitals and universities at both State and Commonwealth levels. They will also be well prepared for postgraduate study in a range of Biomedical Research areas.


Minimum university entrance requirements plus TCE pre-tertiary Chemistry (CHM315109) and Mathematics (MTM315109 or MTA315109). Entry to the first year of the program will be based on a minimum ATAR score of 85.

If you've previously undertaken study overseas, please review our list of equivalent qualifications.

Please note: international students should refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Credit Transfer and Articulation

The Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research provides an appropriate pathway to honours and Research Higher Degrees. It is also one of the possible alternative pathways to study Medicine at UTas. For further information see

In the Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research, you enrol in 2 majors, a minor and 4 student electives. The core major is a compulsory major for all students, with a choice of second major and linked minor and student electives. See 'Degree combinations' below for the major and minor combinations.

This degree consists of a total of 24 units comprising:

  • A reversed major of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate, 2 advanced units
  • A (standard) major of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate, 4 advanced units
  • A minor of 4 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate units
  • Two breadth units: units designed to deepen and extend learning across discipline boundaries
  • Two student elective units: units which may be chosen from this or any other subject area within the University, provided they meet the unit level requirements for the degree (see next point below), unit pre-requisites and quotas. You may take individual units or study the equivalent of a second minor through your student electives and try out different subject areas – it's your choice.
  • Unit level requirements for the degree are: between 8-10 units at introductory level, 6-10 units at intermediate level and 6-10 units at advanced level.

Course Structure

Compulsory reverse major

Choose 1 major from the following list:

Choose 1 minor from the following list:


Annual Course Cost

Fees for domestic students are based on individual unit selections. Please refer to the fees section of each unit description to work out an indicative annual cost.

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

Course Rules

Course specification

Single Bachelor degrees

1.  These Specifications apply to the single Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2009 and shall apply to all candidates for the Bachelor degrees listed in Schedule A.

2.  Candidates for the Bachelor degrees shall be admitted in accordance with Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

3.   Candidates for the degrees shall complete the degree requirements in not more than the degree maximum, which will be twice the course length and one additional year. The maximum completion time will be calculated from the commencement of the first unit which is passed and which counts towards the degree requirements.

4. Bachelor degree requirements

4.1   Requirements for Bachelor degrees comprise a minimum of 24 units, comprising 8‐10 units at introductory level, 6‐10 units at intermediate level and 6‐10 units at advanced level. For Bachelor degrees with requirements over 24 units, all additional units will be at advanced level.

4.2    Required units

Course duration

Unit numbers and levels

Units required

Nominal degree length





3 year





3.5 year





4 year





5 year




The ranges in unit numbers accommodate choice in the levels of units in the degree electives and student electives only.

5. Degree models

5.1   There will be two Bachelor degree models: General and Specialist, which are defined by the combination of modules and electives of the first 24 units.

A standard major module is comprised of 8 units: 2 introductory, 2 intermediate and 4 advanced;

a reversed major module is comprised of 8 units: 4 introductory, 2 intermediate and 2 advanced;

a minor module is comprised of 4 units: 2 introductory and 2 intermediate;

degree electives units are those chosen from a schedule provided by the faculty;

student elective units are those selected by candidates from any available units in which they are qualified to enrol.

The models are identified in Schedule A and details of the availability of modules and units are listed in Schedules B and C respectively.

5.2 General model

The first 24 units of a General degree will comprise: one standard major, one minor, 4 degree elective units and 8 student elective units.

5.3 Specialist models

The first 24 units of a Specialist degree will follow either:

Specialist model 1: two standard majors, one minor and 4 student elective units, or

Specialist model 2: one standard and one reversed major, one minor and 4 student elective units.

Specialist model 3: one standard and one reversed major, one minor, 2 degree electives and 2 student elective units.

6. Enrolment conditions

6.1   Enrolment in all units will be in accordance with requisites determined by the relevant Faculty.

6.2   When two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

7. Enrolment exemption ‐ credit for previous studies

Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the degree. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in Rule 3 Admission and Student Progress.

8. Transition

Students who have passed units towards degrees under the previous specifications will be entitled to transfer to the degrees under these specifications with full equivalent credit. The transition for continuing students to these specifications will be managed to ensure that students are not disadvantaged.