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Bachelor of Biotechnology

The University of Newcastle

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About

The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. Our team is working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date University of Newcastle COVID-19 advice.

Imagine using living organisms to modify products for the better – like creating a new vaccine to save millions of lives. When you study a Bachelor of Biotechnology, you will help to develop technologies that improve our communities and the health of our planet. You might even be the researcher that develops a super crop that can survive harsh climates and feed the hungry. The products of biotechnology are all around us and you can be at the forefront of scientific development and discovery.

Areas of study

Biochemistry, bioethics, biotechnology, biotechnology finance and commercialisation, cell and molecular biology, DNA technology, microbiology, molecular genetics, reproductive physiology.

Career opportunities

Biochemist, biotechnologist, clinical research coordinator, geneticist, laboratory analyst, microbiologist. Biotechnology is predicted to be a key for solving global issues in the future, such as human and animal diseases, climate change, fuel alternatives and food security.

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for membership to AusBiotch, the Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Australian Institute of Biology.

Practical experience

Optional 10-week full-time industrial placement, the longest placement available to undergraduate biotechnology students in Australia. A feature of this degree is the separate courses focusing on laboratory skills which provides students with a hands-on experience.

Honours

Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced, Chemistry. If you have limited knowledge in these subjects you should enrol in bridging courses offered by the University's English Language and Foundation Studies Centre before you start the program. Bridging and enabling courses.

Recommended studies: Biology, Physics.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit University of Newcastle degrees.

Honours
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year Bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply forto apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.