Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours)

Course summary

Medical Biotechnology is the application of exciting advances in molecular and cell biology to medicine, agriculture, and the environment. Through modern technologies such as genetic engineering, biotechnology is shaping diverse aspects of medicine (cancer, vaccines, therapy and diagnosis of genetic diseases), food production (transgenic plants), and industry (bioremediation). 

The Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) provides you with the tools and knowledge to work in both medicine and bioremediation. It encompasses the exciting and rapidly evolving fields of proteomics, genetic engineering, and advanced techniques in molecular analysis. A new generation of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, hormones, and anti-inflammatory agents are being developed using these technologies. This degree will provide you with the tools and knowledge to work in biomedical science research and the biotechnology industry, which is at the forefront of these developments. 


What you will study

You will complete studies in cellular and molecular biology, including genetics, immunology, and bioinformatics, and optional strands in chemistry and human anatomy and physiology. The nature of subjects such as genetic engineering means that you can also study ethics and management.

Honours is built into the fourth year of this program, during which you will undertake a supervised research project that includes a professional development component, with tutorials on bio-informatics, scientific paper writing, the preparation of a CV and job application, applications for animal ethics, grants and the use of genetically modified organisms.

Course information

Study area

Science

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1781

ATAR (UAI)

85

IB Score

30-31

Duration

4 years full-time (8 sessions) or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

084862C

UAC Code

757611

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

79

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $15,096
Full Course Fee: $120,768

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Mathematics and any 2 units of Science. Students who have not completed Chemistry and/or Biology at the HSC are strongly recommended to enrol in bridging courses offered in February each year. Students without at least Mathematics (Band 4) are required to pass an approved mathematics subject during their degree.

Recommended Studies: Biology and Chemistry

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment.

Credit Transfer

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Second Friday in December in year preceding enrolment

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) will be able to:

  1. Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of cell and molecular biology associated with medical science.
  2. Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.
  3. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in integrating new understanding into one or more disciplinary areas.
  4. Communicate knowledge, ideas and independent research findings clearly and coherently through a range of mediums to a professional audience.
  5. Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt knowledge and skills associated with medical, cell or molecular biology that can be applied in a professional context.
  6. Independently plan and execute a research project associated with medical, cell or molecular biology.
  7. Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society and demonstrate understanding of the requirements of professional responsibility and ethical conduct. 

Course Structure

Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year.

Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.

Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects which form part of a Science major.

This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved (normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75% or greater in 300-level Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Health Sciences subjects) for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) degree. Students with a WAM below 75% in 300-level subjects may only progress into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) with the approval of the Medical Biotechnology Coordinator. Students who do not gain entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (Medical Biotechnology) degree.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Note: Students who have completed CHEM104 and CHEM105 and wish to enrol in CHEM212 must also complete CHEM106.
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer 2017/2018
Plus other elective subjects to give a total 48 credit points for Year 1 of which, 6 credit points should be one of the following subjects:
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
MEDI100Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
STS 100 Knowledge, Culture & Social Change: Science, Technology & Society* 6 Autumn
PHYS155 Introduction to Biomedical Physics 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
*STS 100 is compulsory for those students taking an approved course of study which does not include SOC 251 (in Year 2).
Year 2
Autumn
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
Spring
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Plus, 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
MGNT208 Introduction to Management for Professionals A 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
SOC 251 Social Aspects of Genetics and Biotechnology** 6 Autumn
BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
**SOC 251 is compulsory for students who have not taken STS 100 in Year 1.
Year 3
Autumn
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Not available in 2017
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Not available in 2017
Plus, two subjects from the following list:
BIOL362 Ecophysiology 6 Not available in 2017
BIOL364 Advanced Biology 6 Not available in 2017
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Not available in 2017
MEDI312 Fundamentals of Neuroscience** 6 Not available in 2017
PHIL326 Bioethics 6 Not available in 2017
**Subject to approval from the Subject Coordinator
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator.
Spring
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Not available in 2017
CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Not available in 2017
Plus, two subjects from the following list:
BIOL364 Advanced Biology 6 Not available in 2017
CHEM360 Organic Synthesis III 6 Not available in 2017
MEDI323 Cardiorespiratory Studies 6 Not available in 2017
ECON318 Economics of Health and Human Resources 6 Spring
SOC 347 Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine 6 Spring
HAS 350 Social Determinants of Indigenous Health 6 Spring
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator.
Year 4
Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below.
BIOL420 Biotechnology Honours 48 SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2017/2018
BIOL418 Biotechnology Honours (Part-Time) 24 SMAH Annual, SMAH Annual 2017/2018

Honours

The Honours grade for the degree of Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 defined in the General Course Rules Section 8.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

Graduates qualify to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Australian Society of Microbiology and the Australian Biotechnology Society.

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to make the second largest contribution (14%) to employment growth in Australia and with this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. The projected high rate of employment growth for 2015 to 2020 reflects ongoing strength and demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Working in science requires real-world practical skills and contemporary knowledge. At UOW we're committed to 'enquiry-based learning' that teaches you to constantly seek out knowledge, analyse it and apply it in your chosen profession. We integrate technology into all our learning and teaching to ensure that you graduate equipped to excel in a constantly changing and technologically advanced world.

You will participate in practical classes in our new purpose-built Sciences Teaching Facility or out in the field, ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of tomorrow's employers. Our courses are taught by professionals who are world-leading researchers so the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to real-world challenges today and in the future.

Career opportunities
  • Agricultural Adviser
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Cartographer (Mapping)
  • Chemist
  • Coastal or Estuarine Management Officer
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Doctor (with additional study)
  • Drug Regulation Officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Food Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geologist
  • Health worker
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Marine or Fisheries Biologist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Medical Biotechnologist
  • Medical Researcher
  • Oceanographer
  • Science Teacher
  • Scientific Researcher
  • Veterinary Researcher
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