MC111 - Master of Biotechnology

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Plan: MC111GZU - Master of Biotechnology
Campus: GZUCM-RMIT Institute

Overview

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: Master of Biotechnology
Award abbreviation: MBiotech
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time
Location: GZUCM-RMIT Institute
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 010900
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to move into advanced areas of the Biotechnology industry, equipped with high level skills in gene and protein technologies, bioinformatics and in various microbiology and food science disciplines. The theoretical component of the program is complemented by a significant component of "hands - on" laboratory practicals and a research or Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component, which may include the production of a minor thesis. Such skills are in high demand in the diverse biotechnology sector. 

Year one focuses on the development of core skills and knowledge, and allows you to specialise by selecting courses of interest relevant to your chosen stream. Procedures and protocols, as well as oral, written and visual language specific to the study and practice of science are also reviewed. 

Year two further develops your specialisation. You will also apply your skills to a bioinformatics research project (BIOL2471) which includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills are applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. BIOL 2471 is also a capstone course which requires you to integrate and apply your prior learning within the program as preparation for your transition to professional practice. You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional work experience practicum (BIOL2472) or an additional research project with an industry partner (BIOL2466/BIOL2467).

This program requires on campus attendance at the GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Sciences and Bioengineering. The program is delivered full time, in face-to-face mode, supported by various blended learning activities (including on-line). English language is the medium of instruction.   

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Articulation and pathways

You may be eligible for credit for previous study in a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, from other institutions or overseas. These include a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or bachelor honours degree. 
Students who have undertaken a Bachelor degree in Biotechnology may be given up to 48 credit point exemptions.
Please contact the Program Manager for advice. On completion of this program you may be eligible for entry into a PhD in this field. 

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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

Successful completion of GZUCM-RMIT BP226GZU Bachelor of Biotechnology with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0.

or

A bachelor degree with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 in Biological Sciences, Food Science/ Technology, Biotechnology, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Agricultural Science or Chemical Engineering, or equivalent. International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications, according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Prerequisites
Successful completion of a Chemistry or Biochemistry course in a bachelor degree.

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 equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

The program is not subject 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.

The Program Advisory Committee comprises external members drawn from a diverse external industry base and institutions, providing opportunities for networking. It also ensures that the coursework, learning and teaching resources and student capabilities reflect the needs of future external employers in the biotechnology field.  

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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 an RMIT University program you may access many of the extensive collections of electronic resources and services provided from the RMIT University Library in Melbourne. Resources include e-books, electronic journals and newspapers and product data. Library subject guides and web based tutorials will support your learning. Electronic resources and the online Ask a Librarian reference service are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

For more information on Library resources and services from Melbourne go to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Through RMIT’s online “Ask a Librarian” service Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials.

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

Online learning tools and content
As a student studying outside Australia with RMIT University partner institutions, you may access online learning materials at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmitstudies.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University offshore partners provide resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. The range of services available will vary at each RMIT University offshore partner. Enquire locally.

Services are available online to assist you with:

  • transition to tertiary student learning,
  • study skills, academic skills including academic literacy, writing for academic purposes, research, exam preparation and much more, and
  • career development and employment.

The GZUCM-RMIT Institute has a library and a number of laboratories, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities.

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