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Extended Major

Medical Biotechnology

Bachelors of Engineering (Honours) / 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'll 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'll 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'll 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 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:

  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Trials program manager
  • Medical researcher
  • Public health medical registrar

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
  • Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • Drug Design & Development
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Experimental Pharmacology

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