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Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology) - BSc(Curtin) - 301636

Health Sciences

The role of the DNA molecule was a momentous discovery in human history. Molecular biotechnology applies this knowledge to science and technology in the 21st century.

In this course you will develop the knowledge and technical skills you need to contribute to applications of molecular genetics and biotechnology. Our graduates enjoy a wide array of challenging careers, working alongside other scientists, medical and health care professionals, engineers, computer software developers, lawyers, business professionals and entrepreneurs.

What the course involves:

The first year provides an introduction to biomedical and health sciences in an interprofessional environment. In your second year, you will gain a thorough understanding of:

  • molecular biology and genetics
  • biochemistry
  • microbiology
  • immunology.

Your final year explores:

  • the molecular basis of diseases, their prevention and control
  • sophisticated analyses of molecular and genetic data using advanced bioinformatics software. 

You will learn to use advanced techniques and laboratory instruments for molecular and genetic analyses and to debate the legal, social and ethical implications of this area of science. There is an introduction to intellectual property, patents and commercial opportunities relevant to the biotechnology industry in Australia, and the surrounding region. 

Fieldwork experience
Substantial laboratory work and a research project in your final year. 

 

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Molecular Biologist
  • Molecular Geneticist

Potential employers

  • agricultural and mining industries 
  • pharmaceutical industry 
  • Garvan Institute/research institutes 
  • biotechnology companies 
  • state and federal governments.

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Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for recognition of prior learning.

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 70
STAT entry*: Written English and either verbal or quantitative
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

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

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.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

Standard Curtin entry requirements.

Desirable WACE courses:

At least Chemistry 3A/3B and Mathematics 3C/3D and Human Biological Science 3A/3B or Biological Science 3A/3B

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February or July

For the July intake there may be restrictions on unit availability and enrolment may be on a part-time basis only, which could extend the course duration.

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

2014
Commonwealth supportedCommonwealth supported?
If you have not yet exceeded your Student Learning Entitlement (typically seven years' equivalent full-time study) the Australian Government will contribute towards the cost of your study. The indicative fees shown here are known as the student contribution, or your share of the cost of the first year of this course.

To find out if you're eligible for a commonwealth supported place, please visit the Going to Uni website.
$8,800*

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide for students in 2014 only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

 

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2013 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Two matriculation science subjects are desirable. Chemistry is preferred and Human Biology or Biology. Mathematics is also recommended.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2013:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Two matriculation science subjects are desirable. Chemistry is preferred and Human Biology or Biology. Mathematics is also recommended.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Where:

Bentley

When:

February

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

3 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,300
Indicative year 1 fee $30,500
Total indicative course fee $96,100
Indicative essential incidental course fee $150

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

Other notes:

For the July intake there may be restrictions on unit availability and enrolment may be on a part-time basis only, which could extend the course duration.

CRICOS: 050345E
This page was last updated on 01 April 2014

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