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Agricultural Biotechnology

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Biotechnology

Cultivate innovative solutions to enhance the sustainability, productivity and profitability of the global agricultural industry.

Study agricultural biotechnology and undertake advanced-level study in areas including plant and food science, biochemistry, plant and animal molecular biology and genetics.

Learn how to genetically engineer crops or livestock animals to enhance nutritional value, reduce susceptibility to disease, improve sustainability and enable them to thrive in hostile environments.

Access world-class research facilities to learn how gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and point-of-care disease diagnostics can address issues such as food security, climate change and sustainability.

Specialising in agricultural biotechnology can open up a vast array of career opportunities within:

  • agriculture and food manufacturing (plant breeding, engineering, cropping and horticulture)
  • animal health industries (vaccine development)
  • genetic improvement and breeding (plant and livestock)
  • government bodies, including those associated with quarantine and agriculture
  • primary industries or government departments
  • agricultural advisory boards.

You'll also be well-placed to continue into a research-based honours or master's degree and establish the foundations for a rewarding career in research.


1 in Australia for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

19 in the world for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2024

Watch What is biotechnology? It's where science meets entrepreneurship on YouTube.

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:

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Agricultural technician
  • Research scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Plant breeding and engineering specialist
  • Animal biotechnology consultant

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
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

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

  • Issues in Biotechnology
  • Commercialisation of Biotechnology Products
  • Quality Management Systems in Biotechnology: GMP, GLP, GCP
  • Plant Biology and Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Food Science
  • Food Microbiology I

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