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Molecular Genetics (Advanced Science)

Molecular Genetics Major (BAdvSci)(Honours) - BAdvSci(Hons) (Molecular Genetics) - MJRH-ADGEN Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 95 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full time

Course overview

Molecular genetics will increasingly contribute to solutions to global problems facing humanity including prevention and control of human, animal and plant diseases, biosecurity, reversal of environmental degradation and feeding the world's population. "DNA chips" can detect the expression of thousands of genes enabling rapid diagnosis of many diseases in a single test. Individuals will soon have access to their own DNA sequence and hence predict their propensity to develop cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart failure and many other human diseases. Likewise stem cells and tissue culture promise novel methods for organ replacement and injury repair, some of the biggest challenges for medical practitioners. Improving the world’s food supply is increasingly reliant on genetically modifying the production of plants and animals and trace amounts of DNA in the environment (eDNA) are being used to provide more complete estimates of biodiversity in terrestrial and marine environments.

This major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Genetics with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. The major culminates in a capstone experience in which students will have the opportunity to pursue Genetics projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

Our graduates will be employed in a wide range of challenging careers working alongside other scientists, environmental scientists, medical and health-care professionals, engineers, agricultural scientist, agribusiness professionals computer software developers, lawyers, business professionals and entrepreneurs.

Career opportunities

An understanding of genetics now underpins jobs related to biology (human health or environment) but the deep knowledge of genetic processes and bioinformatics developed in this course opens the door to careers in research that is at the cutting edge of discoveries having demonstrable impacts on human health, environmental health and food security. Governments around the world are investing heavily in genetics research to enable these discoveries to career opportunities for those with the necessary skills are increasing rapidly.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

STAT is not accepted for this course

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Essential WACE courses

  •  Mathematics Methods ATAR and Chemistry ATAR

Desirable WACE courses

Biology ATAR or Human Biology ATAR

Other requirements

This course is designed for high performing science students. As such students are expected to maintain a minimum academic standard. If that standard is not maintained students will be recommended to transition to the Bachelor of Science (Science).


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

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How this course will make you industry ready

Through embedded research and industry engagement you will have the opportunity to investigate multiple areas of specialisation and tailor you final year experience that prepares you for the industry of your choice.