Biotechnology is the branch of science that uses biological actions to create and improve technology and chemical processes. You can apply biotechnology in many ways, from improving agricultural and manufacturing efficiency to developing new medical and pharmaceutical products.
With a UNSW Science degree, you’ll be involved with developments in biotechnology that lead to a wide range of new products designed to make day-to-day living easier and make us healthier. Biotechnology is intrinsic to areas from vaccine production and genetic modification, to renewable energy and improving the efficiency of food production.
The biotechnology sector includes forward-thinking and disruptive technologies such as genomics. This area of biotechnology is an invaluable hybrid of science which focuses on the structure and function of genomes. Genomic medicine has an important role in health care as it can provide an efficient health system through rapid diagnosis, early intervention, prevention and targeted therapy.
Careers in Biotechnology
There are numerous career paths to follow if you’re interested in Biotechnology. Graduates from UNSW are employed in medical research organisations, pharmaceutical multinationals, large life-sciences companies, legal firms, government research institutes and universities.
As well as having a good grasp of the scientific fundamentals, a career in Biotechnology requires a thorough knowledge of analytical, database and design computing. Understanding project management methodologies is useful if you have aspirations to be a leader or manager in the industry.
- Food Scientist
- Biomedical Engineer