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Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology) - BSc(Curtin) - B-MOLGEN Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 70 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 3 years full-time

Course overview

In this course, you can develop the knowledge and technical skills you need to contribute to many applications of molecular genetics and biotechnology.

Your first year is interprofessional and is taken with students from other health sciences degrees. In your second year, you will gain a thorough understanding of molecular biology and genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology.

Your final year explores the molecular basis of diseases, their prevention and control, and sophisticated analysis of molecular and genetic data using advanced bioinformatics software.

There is also an introduction to intellectual property, patents and commercial opportunities relevant to the biotechnology industry in Australia and the surrounding region.

You will be able to undertake substantial laboratory work including a short research project in the final year of the course.

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

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.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses


Desirable WACE courses

Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Methods ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR


The July intake could extend the course duration.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*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 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.

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 credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Molecular Geneticist
  • Forensic Scientist. 

Why Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology?

  • Molecular biotechnology and genetics are exciting and rapidly developing areas of science.
  • High-quality laboratories and facilities. Dedicated teaching staff with solid industry experience and links.
  • This course provides a foundation degree for entrance into postgraduate medicine, graduate entry masters and higher degree by research courses.