Master of Biotechnology

Macquarie University

With the world population rapidly growing, the need for products and technologies that can produce sustainable food sources, create cleaner fuels, reduce our environmental footprint and combat disease also grows. Biotechnology which has been employed for thousands of years in agriculture, food production and medicine utilises cellular and biomolecular processes to develop such products and technologies. This course will equip you with a core competency in advanced molecular biotechnology approaches so that you're primed for a career that is vital to improving our lives and the health of our planet. KEY FEATURES You'll develop knowledge and skills in areas including molecular biology, protein biochemistry, proteomics and applied microbiology. This course has a strong interdisciplinary and practical focus so you're able to build connections between theoretical knowledge and practical application in the biotech industry. You'll learn from experts in chemistry and biomolecular sciences, biological sciences, computing and statistics. You'll advance your skills in critical thinking, experimental design and writing for peer-reviewed scientific literature. If you're a high-performing student, you'll have an opportunity to undertake a supervised research project which will allow you to gain valuable hands-on experience. SUITABLE FOR Those already working in or wanting to advance in the biotechnologyarea, and those wanting to gain an understanding of a multidisciplinaryapproach to biotechnology practice and research. Career Opportunities PROFESSIONS As an industry, biotechnology is expanding rapidly. This expansion requires a workforce of graduates that have scientific and technical skills, as well as skills in problem solving, teamwork and critical and analytical thinking. Examples of areas where biotechnology is applied include pharmaceutical discovery and production, exploiting biodiversity for new bioactive compounds, exploring alternative energy sources and developing improved crop varieties for sustainable food production.

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 084698K
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted
Course University Macquarie University

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