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 Semesters
Hobart Semester 1, Semester 2


Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Professor Jim Reid (03) 6226 2604 or Associate Professor Margaret Cooley (03) 6226 2658.


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
  • Four 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:

  • Plus a choice of four student electives up to 50 credit points to be taken in Years 2 and 3
  • 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.

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