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2012 Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research(73S)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Health Science
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 3 yrs, Maximum 7 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school): Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or Dr James Weller (03) 6226 7828 or Associate Professor Margaret Cooley (03) 6226 2658.


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.

Admission & Prerequisites

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 ITI score of 85.

Course Objectives

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.

Articulation to/from Course

The Bachelor of Biotechnology and Medical Research provides an appropriate pathway to honours and Research Higher Degrees.

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