Biotechnology, in its broadest sense, is the commercial exploitation of living organisms or their components, such as proteins.

Subject overview

Biotechnology has traditionally encompassed industrial microbiology, and dealt with ancient processes such as brewing or the microbial production of cheese and yoghurt. In the last few years, however, an avalanche of genetic and protein information has been discovered, with equally impressive advances in transgenic and animal cloning technologies.

In this light, biotechnology has broadened its scope and is poised to make significant impacts on our health and nutrition, and how we interact with our environment.

Our graduates are highly sought after by employers in industry and government agencies, and our staff are recipients of both national and international research funding and awards and feature regularly in scientific communications and social media.

Where can Biotechnology take you?

Biotechnology is at the forefront of the knowledge economy, and is an excellent subject if you’re interested in the commercialisation of cutting-edge science.  

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