2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757611


Through technologies such as genetic engineering, biotechnology is shaping diverse aspects of medicine (treating cancer, vaccines, therapy and diagnosis of genetic diseases) and industry (bioremediation).

UOW's Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) provides you with the tools and knowledge to work in both of these areas.

You will complete a major in cellular and molecular biology, including genetics, immunology and bioinformatics. You will also complete a major strand of chemistry and an optional strand in human anatomy and physiology. The nature of subjects like genetic engineering means you will also complete studies in ethics and management.

If you do not qualify for direct entry to the degree you can gain admission via the Bachelor of Science, subject to satisfactory performance in first year and approval of the Course Co-ordinator and the Head of Students.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

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:

CLO Description
1 Describe and appraise broad knowledge of the principles and concepts of cell and molecular biology associated with medical science.
2 Demonstrate skills in reviewing, analysing, interpreting and synthesising data, methodologies and other information to independently generate solutions to complex problems.
3 Exercise critical thinking and judgement in integrating new understanding into one or more disciplinary areas..
4 Communicate knowledge, ideas and independent research findings clearly and coherently through a range of mediums to a professional audience.
5 Demonstrate initiative and judgement to adapt knowledge and skills associated with medical, cell or molecular biology that can be applied in a professional context.
6 Independently plan and execute a research project associated with medical, cell or molecular biolog
7 Appreciate the role, relevance and ethical implications of science in society and demonstrate understanding of the requirements of professional responsibility and ethical conduct.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours), a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points, as outlined in the table below.

Please note:

  • Students who have not completed HSC Mathematics at Band 4 or higher (or equivalent) are required to complete a mathematics subject (MATH151 or equivalent) normally in the first year.
  • Students may only count 60 credit points of 100-level subjects towards the degree.
  • Students must have a grade of Pass (not Pass Supplementary) or higher in 300-level core subjects which form part of a Science major.
  • This is a prescribed program of study comprising core and optional subjects as set out below.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
Select ONE of the following two subjects:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Note: Students who have completed CHEM104 and CHEM105 and wish to enrol in CHEM212 must also complete CHEM106.
CHEM106 Foundation Chemistry: Properties and Reactivity of Matter 6 Summer
Plus other elective subjects to give a total 48 credit points for Year 1 of which, 6 credit points should be one of the following subjects:
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
PHYS155 Introduction to Biomedical Physics 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
STS 112 The Scientific Revolution* 6 Spring
*STS 112 is compulsory for those students taking an approved course of study which does not include SOC 251 (in Year 2).
Year 2
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6 Spring
CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
Plus, 18 credit points of subjects from the following list:
BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
MGNT208 Introduction to Management for Professionals A 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
SOC 251 Social Aspects of Genetics and Biotechnology** 6 Autumn
BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
**SOC 251 is compulsory for students who have not taken STS 112 in Year 1.
Year 3
BIOL343 Techniques in Biotechnology and Medical Research 6 Autumn
BIOL340 Cell and Molecular Biology 6 Autumn
Plus, two subjects from the following list:
BIOL362 Ecophysiology 6 Autumn
BIOL364 Advanced Biology 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
CHEM358 Pharmacology 6 Autumn
MEDI312 Fundamentals of Neuroscience*** 6 Autumn
PHIL326 Bioethics 6 Autumn
***Subject to approval from the Subject Coordinator
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator.
BIOL341 Immunity and Infection 6 Spring
CHEM325 Bioinformatics:Genome, Genes and Biomolecules 6 Spring
Plus, two subjects from the following list:
BIOL342 Biomedical Research:Skills and Techniques 6 Spring
BIOL364 Advanced Biology 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer
CHEM360 Organic Synthesis III 6 Spring
MEDI323 Cardiorespiratory Studies 6 Spring
ECON318 Economics of Health and Human Resources 6 Spring
SOC 347 Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine 6 Spring
HAS 350 Social Determinants of Indigenous Health 6 Spring
Or other subjects approved by the Coordinator.
Year 4
Select either the full-time (48cp) or 48cp of the equivalent part-time subject (2 x 24cp) option below.
BIOL420 Biotechnology Honours 48  
BIOL418 Biotechnology Honours (Part-Time) 24  

Progression Requirements

Satisfactory performance must be achieved (normally a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75% or greater in 300-level Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Health Sciences subjects) for entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) degree. Students with a WAM below 75% in 300-level subjects may only progress into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) with the approval of the Medical Biotechnology Coordinator. Students who do not gain entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) degree will normally be required to transfer into the Bachelor of Science (Medical Biotechnology) degree.


The Honours grade for the degree of Bachelor of Medical Biotechnology (Honours) will be calculated in accordance with Method 1 defined in the General Course Rules Section 8.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

Graduates qualify to apply for membership of the Australian Institute of Biology, the Australian Society of Microbiology and the Australian Biotechnology Society.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 18 October, 2018