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Molecular Genetics (Advanced)
- Molecular Genetics Major (BAdvSci)(Honours)
- Admission criteria
- Guaranteed ATAR 95
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
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.
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Molecular genetics contributes to solutions to global problems, such as the prevention and control of human, animal and plant diseases; addressing environmental degradation; feeding the world's population; and biosecurity.
This major is part of the 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.
An understanding of genetics now underpins a range of jobs related to biology, and the deep knowledge of genetic processes and bioinformatics you will gain in this course will provide you with career opportunities in research related to human health, environmental health and food security.
Genetics is a rapidly growing science discipline, and, around the world, governments are investing heavily in genetics research. 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.
Improving the world’s food supply is increasingly reliant on genetically modifying the production of plants and animals and trace amounts of DNA in the environment (eDNA) are being used to provide more complete estimates of biodiversity in terrestrial and marine environments.
This course provides 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 gain practical experience programming in both R and Python and exposure to data science professionals. Work-based learning is ensured through the requirement to engage in immersive industry and/or research experience.
In your second and third year you will have the opportunity to source internal and external internships and immersive work experience that can be used for course credit. Your studies will culminate in a capstone experience in which you'll have the opportunity to pursue genetics projects ranging from pure research through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.
See our handbook for more course information.
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.
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.
Graduates can be employed in a wide range of challenging careers working alongside other scientists, environmental scientists, medical and health-care professionals, engineers, agricultural scientist, agribusiness professionals computer software developers, lawyers, business professionals and entrepreneurs.
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
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)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.
|GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three)||14|
|Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6)||90|
|ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE)||95|
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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.
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).
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:
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Fees & charges
Please view the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJRH-ADGEN
- Last updated on: May 26, 2020