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. 

Relevant roles  

  • Epidemiologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biomedical Engineer

Career Paths at UNSW

If you have a passion for science fundamentals, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics, then biotechnology is the right career path for you.

Our students learn their skills in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, based in one of the most advanced facilities of its type in Australia, and one of the country’s best research hubs for Biotech innovation. UNSW Science has great success at matching candidates and jobs through our professional connections with the Biotechnology industry.

Along with a thorough understanding of the science, a Biotechnology degree at UNSW will give you the tools to understand intellectual property law,  commercial principles and deep contextual knowledge of the Australian and international biotechnology industries. You'll have all the tools to negotiate the path to a successful career in this expanding industry. 

Biotechnology can be completed at an Honours level at UNSW Science with our dedicated specialist degree the Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours).

You can also specialise in Biotechnology as a major in some of our main Science flagship degrees. These degrees can be structured so you develop a deep expertise in Biotechnology, but they're flexible enough so that you can broaden your interests into other areas as well.

Degrees with Biotechnology majors can be combined with Commerce, Economics and Law degrees to bring business and finance specialisations to your degree.

The Science Graduate Diploma (Research) provides specialised knowledge and research training in disciplines within the Faculty of Science to upgrade your qualifications to Honours, Master’s or PhD programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Commercial Biotechnology has been developed with extensive industry consultation to focus on the business side of Biotechnology, making it a unique offering in Australasia. Topics of study include intellectual property management, business models and strategy, financial management, international regulatory environments and strategic communication and negotiation. The degree is offered in a flexible online format. 

Biotechnology research degrees, which require commitment to a large original piece of research, are also available at Master’s and PhD. levels.

Where our Graduates Work

Graduates of Biotechnology studies from UNSW can be found at the CSIRO, NASA/JPL, Natural History Museum (London), BioFoundry, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Denova Sciences, and many other organisations.