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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical)

Ready to drive progress in a top-ranking postgraduate degree?

Our Master of Biotechnology (Biomedical) focuses on innovative technologies for disease prediction and treatment.

What will you do?

  • Learn from active researchers in biomedical science.
  • Gain the latest industry insights from lab placements.
  • Take courses in entrepreneurship, innovation and intellectual property management.
  • Undertake a one-year independent research project.

You’ll also gain access to the following internationally-renowned research facilities and centres: 

  • Adelaide Proteomics Centre (APC)
  • Adelaide Microarray Centre (SAHMRI)
  • SA Genome Editing Facility (SAGE)
  • Genomics Facility (SAHMRI)
  • Confocal Microscopy
  • Adelaide Microscopy
  • Bioinformatics Hub.

Where could it take you?

You’ll be at the cutting-edge of biotechnology, where major advances are influencing important issues such as vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapies. Due to the strong research focus, this degree is often used as a pathway to a PhD in biotechnology and biomedical science.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

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

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
The industry offers very strong career opportunities for graduates, particularly those with strong laboratory skills combined with an understanding of research and product development.

Graduates are highly sought after by organisations such as:

government health departments
pharmaceutical companies
Hospitals
private and public biotechnology companies
universities
CSIRO & biomedical research institutes
forensic laboratories

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry Placement
You will undertake a year-long placement within an industry body under direction of a scientific mentor. This includes a research project designed to develop the practical and theoretical skills required for real life research.

Potential careers
Medical Scientist, Biomedical Scientist, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnologist, Diagnostic Technician, Research Associates, Research Scientist, Epidemiologist, Scientific Officer, Food Scientist, Food Technologist

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Relevant bachelor degree or equivalent. Completed degree must be in Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related field.