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