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Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Learn to use genetic and molecular analyses to improve people’s health, industry processes and the environment.

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Katelyn Boase

I chose this course because throughout high school, when I heard about new vaccines, cancer therapies or microbes, they seemed fascinating, and molecular genetics and biotechnology form the basis of all these discoveries. I knew I wanted to be involved in making such exciting advances in science and Curtin was offering a great course to enable me to pursue this goal.

Highly ranked course

  Curtin ranks in the top 10 nationally for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Subjects.

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Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Learn about genetics and biotechnology and how they are improving health outcomes and industrial processes, boosting agricultural productivity and enhancing environmental sustainability.

You will develop the knowledge and technical skills you need to contribute to many applications of molecular genetics and biotechnology.

Your first year is interprofessional and will provide a general introduction to biomedical science and other supporting disciplines.

Starting from your second year, your study will expand to include genetics, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology, and you will be introduced to cutting-edge technology for molecular and genetic analyses.

You will also explore the legal, social and ethical implications raised by the advent of molecular biotechnology, issues surrounding intellectual property and patents, and commercial opportunities relevant to the biotechnology industry in Australia and surrounding regions.


Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


Why study

  • Molecular biotechnology and genetics are exciting and rapidly developing areas of science.
  • High-quality laboratories and facilities. Dedicated teaching staff with solid industry experience and links.
  • This course provides a foundation degree for entrance into postgraduate medicine, graduate entry masters and higher degree by research courses.  


Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Professional Memberships:

  • AusBiotech.

Career information

  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Molecular Geneticist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Molecular Geneticist
  • Forensic Pathologist

What you'll learn

  • apply skills, concepts and principles of scientific investigation to the applications and future development of molecular biotechnology
  • apply critical analysis and thinking to recognise opportunities and develop innovative solutions for problems in molecular biotechnology
  • access, critically evaluate, synthesise and integrate information from a variety of sources relevant to molecular biotechnology
  • use appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication skills to convey knowledge of molecular biotechnology to a wide audience
  • select and apply appropriate technologies to generate, retrieve, analyse and present data according to scientific principles
  • maintain knowledge base and sustain intellectual curiosity by updating knowledge and expertise in molecular biotechnology through a range of learning activities
  • recognise the global contribution of molecular biotechnology to basic and applied scientific knowledge
  • appreciate the contribution a scientific discipline makes to an understanding and respect for human rights and cultural diversity
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma.
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Open University Australia units may be used to meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about this pathway option.
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Chemistry ATAR and Mathematics: Applications ATAR and Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed UniReady with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher; or
  • met the admission criteria for minimum entry.


Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Other requirements and notes for this course

The July intake is intended for domestic course switching students. Places are limited. Enrolment may be on a part-time basis depending on unit availability, which could extend the course duration. Please contact the Course Coordinator.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $9,730*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: B-MOLGEN
  • CRICOS code: 050345E
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019