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Extended Major

Medical Biotechnology

Bachelor of Biotechnology

Medical biotechnology uses cutting-edge tools and techniques to prevent, diagnose and treat current and emerging diseases.

Combine theory and practice to examine the science that underpins how biotechnology drives advances in modern medicine. You will be taught by educators who are at the frontier of emerging research fields in biotechnology.

Study core courses across medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, pharmacology and genetics, and apply your knowledge and critical thinking skills to laboratory experiments that discover solutions to complex problems.

You will learn how new diagnostic devices and equipment are developed and used to accurately identify diseases, and examine how genetics underpins personalised medicine leading to treatment tailored for the individual.

Advance your knowledge of how therapies based on small molecules, biologics, stem cells and other technologies are identified, selected and developed through preclinical and clinical testing into market-ready therapeutics.

You can choose to study a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship alongside this major to develop your business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

You will be equipped to work in the forefront of biomedical science and the biotechnology industry. Alternatively, continue into a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program or kickstart your career in research through an honours or master's degree.


1 in Australia for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

9 in the world for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

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:

  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Trials program manager

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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

  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Commercialisation of Biotechnology Products
  • Quality Management Systems in Biotechnology: GMP, GLP, GCP
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
  • Experimental Pharmacology
  • Drug Design & Development

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