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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

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Master of Molecular Biology Research Extensive

Get a head start in molecular biology research.

If your goal is to work at the coalface of molecular biology research, this 1.5 year program will give you a head start. It'll enhance your technical and research skills in core areas of molecular biology, protein technology and bioinformatics through a two- or three-semester laboratory immersion. You can undertake the research within university laboratories, in an industry setting with co-supervision by one of our academics, or as a placement under an industry-based supervisor in a company, government department or other suitable organisation.

You'll learn the latest techniques in molecular biology, like protein engineering, artificial evolution, enzymology, high-throughput screening, bioinformatics, ancestral sequence reconstruction, fundamental methods of molecular cloning, protein purification and LC-MS analysis of small molecules.

You'll also learn how to formulate a hypothesis, design and execute experiments, and become familiar with Australian safety standards. Regular consultations with your supervisor allow you to discuss progress and receive feedback and guidance.

In your last semester, you'll hone your scientific communication skills when you present your findings in a scientific manuscript suitable for publication in a relevant scientific journal, and for peer review to your lab group members.

Program highlights

  • Study at an international powerhouse of teaching and research in chemical and molecular life sciences.
  • Learn from scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs in safer vaccines, antibiotic resistance, viral infections and early breast cancer detection.
  • Enhance your technical and research skills in core areas of molecular biology, protein technology and bioinformatics.
  • Put theory into practice, build relationships with potential employers and mentors, and test career options.

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 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

Job Opportunity Potential

Career possibilities
Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Analytical biochemist
  • Genetic pathologist
  • Immunologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Environmental biologist
  • Biomedical science lecturer
  • Bioinformatician
  • Virologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Embryologist

PSW Opportunity

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


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

1.5-year degree (24 units of study)

If you have relevant prior learning or experience, you can reduce the number of courses you need to complete and graduate in less time.

To be eligible to complete the degree in 1.5 years full-time (only available as full-time study), you'll need:

  • a bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (see below).

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

Relevant disciplines include biotechnology, science, medicine, biomedical science, pharmacy, bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biological chemistry.