Master of Medical Biotechnology

General

Program Description

Course summary

The Master of Medical Biotechnology is designed for students who seek knowledge and technological expertise in specific areas of cell and molecular biology, which is the basis for modern biotechnological research and development.

What you will study

This degree will integrate your work practice skills to allow you to translate your skills into career-ready attributes. Subjects give an introduction to the basic elements of modern cell and molecular biology before proceeding to intensive training in current biotechnology and its application to the fields of medicine, agriculture and molecular biology.

This degree

This degree is designed through the lens of global perspectives in science where you will also be exposed to emerging technologies such as the use of drones, artificial intelligence AI, coding and virtual reality (Google VR) in science data collection and analysis during your first-year core subjects.

Tutorials and laboratory-based practical work are offered and you have the opportunity to explore new technology developed in the field of study. Additional preparatory subjects focus on laboratory work and science communication skills.

With appropriate qualifications and laboratory skills, you can be awarded advanced standing for these preparatory subjects.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and judgement in relation to concepts, perspectives and recent developments associated with medical biotechnology.
  2. Consolidate and synthesise knowledge of research principles and methods pertinent to medical biotechnology
  3. Investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems and theories associated with medical biotechnology.
  4. Consolidate laboratory skills in medical biotechnology and an appreciation of how these skills are applied in research.
  5. Plan, execute and communicate the results of substantial research-based initiatives in a reflective and ethical way for academic and professional practice.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and reflection.
  7. Justify, interpret and communicate hypotheses, methodologies and conclusions.

Course Structure

To qualify for an award of the degree, the Master of Medical Biotechnology, candidates must successfully complete 96 credit points as outlined below.

Year 1

Autumn

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SMAH801 Fundamentals of Science Communication 6 Autumn
SMAH803 Fundamentals of Science Data, IT and Emerging Technologies 6 Autumn
RESH802 Responsible Research 6 Autumn
BIOL813 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn

Spring

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SMAH802 Perspectives in science: A critical appraisal of conspiracy theories 6 Spring
SMAH804 Critical thinking and innovation in Science 6 Spring
MGNT803 Organisational Behaviour and Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
BIOL815 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring

To progress to Year 2 students must achieve a WAM ≥ 70% AND ≥ 70% in the in discipline-based subjects (BIOL). If students have a WAM <70% and/or <70% in discipline-based subjects they must seek advice from the Head of Students regarding their progression into year 2.

Year 2

For students who commenced year one in Spring session - please see Academic Program Director (APD) for academic advice.

Autumn

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SMAH910 Global Perspectives in Science 6 Not available in 2019
GWP 900 International Workplace practice 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 3
BIOL980 Biotechnology 12 Autumn

Spring

Students with a WAM of 75% or above can choose from any of the 3 options below. SCIE900 requires approval by the Head of Students.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SCIE900 International Research Project 24 Autumn, Spring

Students with a WAM 60%-74% can choose from any of the 2 options below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
BIOL982 Infection and Immunity 12 Spring
BIOL984 Applied Bioinformatics 12 Spring

Students with a WAM of less than 60% select 24 credit points from the following list of Management subjects.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MGNT908 Human Resources Development 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT930 Strategic Human Resource Management 6 Trimester 2
MGNT949 Performance Management 6 Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT963 Management of Workplace Health and Safety 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT910 Strategic Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT915 Management of Change 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT920 Organisational Analysis 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT978 Cross-Cultural Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
MGNT982 International Business Theory and Practice 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
OPS 909 Total Quality Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 3
OPS 935 Project Management 6 Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3

Why choose this course

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Australia is becoming a fast-growing area creating new and increased job prospects. Professional, Scientific and Technical Services is projected to increase by 10.2% from 2018 to 2023 reflecting ongoing strength in demand for the services of qualified and highly educated workers. Source: Employment Projections

Research in Biological Sciences at UOW spans many fields. The main areas are Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Marine Biology, Conservation Biology, Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Animal Behaviour, Physiology & Systematics, Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology. The advantage is taken of the proximity of many natural and relatively undisturbed marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

Our researchers include academic staff, research associates, PhD, Masters Research and Honours students, as well as a range of collaborators in other institutions such as the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Marine Parks, NSW Agriculture, and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Admission

A range of admission options is available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Mar 2020

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