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Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study a major in cell biology to deepen your understanding of how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, and animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying cell biology will equip you for a range of career opportunities within research, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.


1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

57 in the world for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Research assistant
  • Bioinformatician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Technical sales representative
  • Biotechnologist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Advanced Molecular Cell Biology I
  • Advanced Molecular Cell Biology II
  • Advanced Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Genetics
  • Advanced Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology
  • Advanced Microbiology & Immunology
  • Plant Biology and Biotechnology
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Introduction to Research in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Microbiology A & B

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