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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Bachelors of Economics / Science

This hands-on, investigatory, creative and foundational science forms the basis of how we understand all living systems.

You’ll study the molecules, systems and chemical processes that make life possible.

  • Discover what drives current research into vaccines and causes of life-threatening diseases.
  • Explore the latest applications in eco-friendly industrial processes, agriculture and sustainable food production.
  • Visualise the future in synthetic biology, biotechnology, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, genetic engineering and drug design.

Your award-winning lecturers are experts who will help you understand and use the latest scientific and industry tools through extensive practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths include some of the most exciting and challenging roles in agriculture, health, biotechnology and environmental sectors. You’ll find employment as a research biochemist or molecular biologist in pharmaceutical development laboratories in universities, research institutes and companies trying to understand cellular processes, investigating diseases affecting animals and plants, or searching for new biological tools.


1 in Queensland for chemistry

QS World University Rankings 2024

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 scientist
  • Biopharmaceutical scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology researcher

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


This Major is available as:

  • Major
  • Extended Major

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars

What you'll study

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

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Biology
  • Genes, Cells & Evolution
  • Genetics

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