MC111 - Master of Biotechnology

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Plan: MC111FOSC - Master of Biotechnology (Food Science)
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: Master of Biotechnology (Food Science)
Award abbreviation: MBiotech(FoodSc)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full time; 4 yr part time
Location: City Campus and Bundoora campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 010900
CRICOS code: 084665G

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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 or food industry, equipped with advanced skills in food science, gene and protein technologies, bioinformatics and microbiology. The theoretical component of the program is complemented by a large component of "hands - on" laboratory and food pilot plant practicals and culminates with a capstone research project which applies bioinformatics techniques to food science. In addition, you may include further research and the production of a minor thesis or a work practicum experience in industry. 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 (BIOL2399) 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. BIOL2399 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 an optional work experience practicum (BIOL2400) or an additional research project with an industry partner (BIOL2230/BIOL2231).

This program requires on campus attendance. The program is delivered full time, in face-to-face mode, supported by various blended learning activities (including on-line).   


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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 from the Master degree.
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

An Australian 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). 


Successful completion of a Chemistry or Biochemistry and Microbiology 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

This program is not subject to external accreditation. However, after graduation, you will be eligible for membership in the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

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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 ( 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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