BP226 - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

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Plan: BP226P7 - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Award abbreviation: BSc(Biotech)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 year full time or 6 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/science
ASCED code: 010900
CRICOS code: 056416B

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Purpose of the Program

Upon graduating from Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) program, you will be ready to move straight into the burgeoning field of biotechnology, equipped with skills in genetic engineering, industrial microbiology, bioinformatics, and regulartory, ethical and legal issues in biotechnology. You will be able to specialise in microbiology or molecular biology depending on their intended career.

The Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) provides a combination of basic and advanced knowledge and extensive 'hands-on' techniques taught in laboratory practicals. A capstone experience is provided in ONPS2335 The Professional Scientist and ONPS2186 Science Project 1 where knowledge and skills come together to develop and implement, sometimes in a group, a research proposal and / or a research project.

On completion of the program, you will be qualified for employment in scientific and research organisations, private industry (manufacturing and consulting) and the teaching profession.

This program is taught face-to-face at the RMIT city and Bundoora  campuses.

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Articulation and pathways


Articulation agreements between RMIT programs enable students graduating from an RMIT qualification to achieve credit in a higher level qualification. The table below provides you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

C5388 Diploma of Laboratory Technology

If you are a graduate of the C5388 Diploma of Laboratory Technology you will be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed. The tables below provide you with information about the credit agreements between these programs.

You will gain entry into the:

BP226P7 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)

then you may apply for credit for up to:

8 courses, 96 credit points

The courses for which you will get credit are:

  • BIOL2146 Cell Structure and Function
  • CHEM1242 Chemistry Principles
  • ONPS2334 Scientific Skills and Communication
  • CHEM1239 Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • BIOL2256 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • BIOL2258 Animal Structure and Function
  • MATH2123 Mathematics and Statistics
  • University Elective


Upon successful competition of this program, you can apply for entry into MC111 Master of Biotechnology.

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Entrance requirements

Very Important: This plan is being phased out. 
BP226P7 - Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) plan has been discontinued and will no longer accept new students after Semester 2 2022.

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the  Country Equivalency web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics, and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English entry requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

Graduates are eligible for full membership of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and it's international equivalents.

Through our extensive research programs, most of which are undertaken in collaboration with external organisations, students in this program have access to a wide range of industrial personnel e.g. from CSIRO, Dept of Primary Industry, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Medical and Scientific research institutes, private industry (manufacturing and consulting). Final year research projects may be undertaken with external scientific organisations, and you may elect to undertake your science project as a work placement in an approved industry (through consultation with the course coordinator).

This program has a Industry Advisory Committee comprised of external members drawn from a diverse external industry base and institutions. These provide opportunities for networking and are a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs to future employers. In addition, the academic area of biotechnology has a number of industry contacts, relationships and adjunct professors who can help you with your study as well as offer advice on professional careers. These contacts are made initially through your university lecturers and program.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

The courses will be supported by selected reading from textbooks, recommended reference books and current literature.  Copies of textbooks and other references will be placed on reserve in the Library or will be available electronically.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

All students will have access to personal accounts for email and online content as well as to University supplied general and specialist software.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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