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Molecular Genetics (Advanced)

Undergraduate Major


Molecular Genetics Major (BAdvSci)(Honours)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 95


The Molecular Genetics major (BAdvSci) (Honours) provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying Genetics with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects.

Molecular and Life Sciences

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You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Molecular genetics contributes to solutions to global problems including human, animal and plant diseases, environmental degradation, food security and biosecurity.

This is a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) course, designed for high-performing students to pursue their interest in science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Genetics is a rapidly growing science discipline and now underpins diverse jobs related to biology. Around the world, governments are investing heavily in genetics research to help improve the food supply, for example, which is increasingly reliant on genetically modifying the production of plants and animals.

Trace amounts of DNA in the environment (eDNA) are being used to provide more complete estimates of biodiversity in terrestrial and marine environments. DNA ‘chips’ can detect the expression of thousands of genes enabling rapid diagnosis of many diseases in a single test. Before long, individuals will have access to their own DNA sequence and learn their propensity to develop particular diseases. Likewise, stem cells and tissue culture promise novel methods for organ replacement and injury repair.

The deep knowledge of genetic processes and bioinformatics you will gain in this course will provide opportunities for careers and research related to human health, environmental health and food security.

The course offers a flexible and personalised approach to studying genetics. You’ll be able to explore this field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. You’ll also gain practical experience programming in both R and Python and through exposure to data science professionals.

In your second and third year you’ll have the opportunity to source internal and external internships and immersive work experience that can be used for course credit. Your course will culminate in a capstone experience in which you can pursue genetics projects ranging from pure research through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

Genetics is a rapidly growing science discipline, and, around the world, governments are investing heavily in genetics research.

How this course will make you industry ready

Through embedded research and industry engagement, you will have the opportunity to investigate multiple areas of specialisation and tailor your final-year experience so that it prepares you for the industry of your choice.

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.

Career information


  • Agricultural and food scientist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Ecologist
  • Plant and animal geneticist


  • Agriculture and agribusiness
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Food security
  • Medical and healthcare
  • Research and development

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the nature of science, its methods and processes, an advanced capacity to apply molecular genetic and biochemical concepts in a range of theoretical and practical situations, and the ability to contribute new knowledge to the molecular biosciences through research
  • critically, logically and rationally analyse challenging and multi-faceted problems in molecular genetics, address them by applying practical and theoretical tools and critically evaluate findings within the current body of disciplinary knowledge
  • access and make judgements on the value of available knowledge using a variety of tools, and incorporate them into the planning, conduct and communication of their own findings
  • communicate effectively by demonstrating the capacity to listen and respond (using both written and spoken language) to clients, staff, professionals, management and industry and conform to discipline standards in presentations and publications
  • use established and emerging technologies in molecular biosciences and apply them to address complex research questions
  • engage in self-driven continuous discipline and professional education and training in molecular genetics
  • participate in the generation and application of science in addressing global problems while understanding international ethical and professional standards in molecular biosciences
  • work collaboratively and respectfully with scientists from a range of cultural backgrounds and understand the cultural issues that impact research in the molecular sciences or the broader profession
  • be able to work professionally and ethically as an independent molecular geneticist and collaboratively within teams either as a professional leader or collaborator using effective problem solving and decision making skills within the professional context of their area of study; comply with legislation relevant to the molecular biosciences

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 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

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) 14
IB 37
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 90
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 95
India (CBSE) 98
Sri Lanka 14

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

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.

Application information

This major sits within the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree. To apply for this major, you’ll apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

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

Please view the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-ADGEN
  • Last updated on: August 7, 2020