GD157 - Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)

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Plan: GD157 - Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Objectives 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: Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology (Food Science and Technology)
Award abbreviation: GradDipBiotech(FoodSc&Tech)
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 semesters full time or 4 semester part time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Applied Sciences (135H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 019905
CRICOS code: 055290G

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Objectives of the program

To provide graduates in biological sciences with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills to solve complex problems in the field of biotechnology, demonstrating creativity, flexibility and independence.

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Articulation and pathways

Some advanced standing may be given if you have completed postgraduate programs at other institutions in Australia or overseas.  Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology will receive 96 credit points towards the Master degree provided that the appropriate compulsory courses are completed for the stream undertaken.

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Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements for the Master of Biotechnology are a degree in Biological Sciences, Food Science/Technology or Biotechnology, with Chemistry to at least first year level.  Applicants with degrees in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Agricultural Science or Chemical Engineering are also considered for specific programs.

You are expected to have an understanding of Microbiology at undergraduate level in order to prepare you for the postgraduate programs in Biotechnology.  If you have not successfully completed Microbiology at undergraduate level, or an equivalent, you will be required to enrol in 2nd Year Microbiology during your first semester.  Credit points from the 2nd Year Microbiology will not count towards the completion of the program.

English requirement for international students:

One of the following:

  • IELTS - 6.5+ (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL - Paper Based = 580+ (TWE 4.5+)  
  • TOEFL - Computer Based = 237+ (TWE 4.5+)
  • REW - English for Academic Purposes Advanced 1 & 2


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External accreditation and industry links

The program is not subjected to external accreditation, but will allow you to qualify for membership of a number of professional bodies after you graduate.  The particular professional body will be determined by your choice of courses, your particular areas of professional interest, and your previous affiliations.

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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

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, 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.

Specialist books in biotechnology, microbiology and food science and technology are available in print form and through RMIT’s on-line subscriptions. 

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