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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.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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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.

This course may be used as a foundation degree for entry into postgraduate medicine, graduate entry master degrees and higher degree by research courses. 

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 master degrees 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

You can gain membership with AusBiotech.

Career information


  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist
  • Forensic scientist.
  • Molecular biologist
  • Molecular geneticist


  • Bioinformatics
  • Drug and pharmaceutical development
  • Education and research
  • Food technology.

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

Entry requirements

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.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $100*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,700*
Total indicative course fee $107,700*
Indicative year 1 fee $35,700*

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $100*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,000*
Total indicative course fee $110,100*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,500*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

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. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: B-MOLGEN
  • CRICOS code: 050345E
  • Last updated on: August 11, 2020