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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

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Doctor of Biotechnology (DBiotech)

The Doctor of Biotechnology is designed for scientists who are interested in the technical, legal, and business aspects of biotechnology and research ventures. It can lead to careers in industry, government or research. 

The doctorate will take you 3 years to complete full time and combines advanced coursework with an industry placement and a research thesis. The program is intended to develop the range of research skills, scientific knowledge and business mindset needed to work in this fast-moving, innovative and entrepreneurial field.

You will complete the coursework component of the doctorate over one semester, covering topics such as research methods, entrepreneurship and intellectual property management. You will then undertake an industry placement for two semesters and start your research thesis, which will take 2 years to complete.

Graduates of this program have worked in biotechnology companies and research organisations in Australia and overseas. Employers have included IP Australia, Campbell Arnotts, Uniquest, Mater Medical Research Institute and GSK (GlaxoSmithKline).

Program highlights

  • Learn from entrepreneurial scientists who have successfully commercialised their scientific discoveries.
  • Extend your expertise and scientific knowledge in areas such as molecular biology, protein technology and bioinformatics.
  • Study at a university with strong links to industry, government and research institutes in Australia and overseas.
  • Be highly sought for roles in health, agriculture, diagnostics, the environment, forestry, law and commerce.

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 28

Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Postgraduate.


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biotechnology with Class I or IIA honours from UQ OR equivalent OR coursework masters with approved results in the research component and a Grade Point Average of 5.5 on a 7 point scale OR at least 2 years relevant professional experience and/or research publications. All potential candidates are interviewed as part of the selection process.

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  • Course Code: 034025K
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 124896 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 24505 AUD
    Application Fee: 100 AUD
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