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Extended Major

Chemical and Nano Biotechnology

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / Biotechnology

Nanotechnology is the ability to manipulate individual atoms, molecules and groups of molecules to form new chemical or particle structures needed for the development of new medicines, materials or technologies.

You'll combine theory and practice to explore how nanotechnology underpins new innovations in modern medicine, technology and renewable energy.

Develop a comprehensive understanding of organic and inorganic chemistry alongside aspects of microbiology, biochemistry and pharmacology.

Gain hands-on experience in gene editing, recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and genomics in our world-class laboratories, research and computer facilities.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, ensuring you gain a rigorous understanding of chemistry.

Growing industrial demand for nanotechnology expertise is creating exciting new jobs in a number of industries. You'll be equipped for a wide range of opportunities in biotechnology, materials science, engineering, technology, renewable energy or pharmaceutical industries.

Alternatively, choose to kickstart your career in research by progressing on to an honours or master's degree.


1 in Australia for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

10 in the world for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 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 scientist
  • Biomedical technology scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Production biotechnologist
  • Bioanalytical scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (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
  • Nanomaterials and Self-Assembled Systems
  • Determination of Molecular Structure
  • Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
  • Experimental Chemistry I and II

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