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Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

Molecular biotechnologists help to provide solutions to some of the most challenging and pressing problems facing humanity including prevention and control of human, animal and plant diseases, reversal of environmental degradation and feeding the world’s population.

Leading to

Bachelor of Science

(Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology)

Careers include

  • Medical Professional
  • Scientist
  • Healthcare Professional
  • Plant Biologist/Pathologist
  • Clinical Molecular Geneticist
  • Clinical Biochemist
  • Research and Development

Your Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology Pathway

If you have…

✓ Completed  Year 12 with an ATAR (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

8 university level units studied over 2 semesters. Equivalent to Year 1 of the corresponding Curtin degree.

Direct Entry into Year 2 at Curtin University

Graduate with a Bachelor of Health Science (Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology).

Or if you have…

✓ Completed  Year 11 (or the equivalent in your country).

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)

8 pre-university level units are studied over 2 or 3 trimesters.

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)

Equivalent to year 1 of the corresponding Curtin Bachelor Degree.

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 1)

CRICOS Code 087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Information Media Technologies

Specialist Units

  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Human Body
  • Mathematics 1

Diploma of Health Sciences Units (Stage 2)

CRICOS Code087942A

Students must complete the following core units and four course-specific units:

Core Units

  • Evidence Informed Health Practice
  • Foundations for Professional Health Practice
  • Health & Health Behaviour
  • Human Structure & Function
  • Indigenous Culture & Health

Specialist Units (Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology)

  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Foundations of Biomedical Science
  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • Integrated Systems Anatomy & Physiology

Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology Diploma of Health Science (Core Units - Stage 2)

Stage 2 Units – 25 Credit Points Each

Evidence Informed Health Practice

The role of empirical evidence in making decisions in health practice. Introduction to different types of research methodologies; measurement; observation; data collection; research ethics; bio-statistical analysis; strategies to understand, question and evaluate evidence.

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Introduction to ethical decision making in the context of professional health practice. Application of academic standards and development of skills required for studying at university. Introduction to professional requirements which impact on the safety and quality of client centred service/care when working in a health setting. Examination of differences in Australian and international health systems. Students will learn the value of diversity in inter-professional practice through working in teams. Students will reflect on their learning and begin to develop lifelong learning skills.

Health and Health Behaviour

Students will explore the environmental, social, cultural, psychological and biological factors that influence the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations. Perceptions of health, illness and disability and how these shape health decision making will be discussed. Consideration of how theories of health behaviour can be applied to maintaining and improving health and wellbeing. Students will work inter- professionally to identify the key principles influencing health and health behaviour required to deliver safe, high quality client and community centred services.

Human Structure and Function

Anatomical organisation of the body and the relationships between body systems and cells. Human requirements for metabolism and life. The structure and function of the body. Basic control and interactions of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive and excretory systems. Primary defence against microorganisms. Mechanisms for growth, repair and reproduction.

Indigenous Cultures and Health

In this unit students will examine culture and diversity within local, national and global, Indigenous populations; impacts of specific policies and historical events on Indigenous Australians and their effects on health and health care access. Students will analyse health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and explore underlying social determinants, and how health professionals can work collaboratively in consultation with Indigenous individuals, families, communities and organisations.

Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology Diploma of Health Science (Specialist Units - Stage 2)

Foundations of Biomedical Science

This unit is an introduction to the theory and application of disciplines in the biomedical sciences: microbiology, immunology, histopathology, haematology, biochemistry and molecular genetics. Themes include the basic theory of the cellular and molecular components that form the foundations of biomedical science, the investigation of disease and infectious agents, occupational health considerations, the use of specialised equipment and testing of biological samples in a professional manner. The role and function of medical and research laboratories will also be explored.

Introduction to Biological Chemistry

This unit is an introduction to biological chemistry for students who have passed CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry. This unit will build on Introduction to Chemistry by providing examples of chemistry with relevance to biological systems. It will relate properties of biological molecules to aspects of chemical bonding to allow identification of their physical and chemical properties. It will further build on your skills in chemical reactions and numeracy developed in CHEM1003 Introduction to Chemistry and introduce some chemical measurement techniques of relevance to biological systems. It will illustrate the role of functional groups in controlling the function. behaviour and reactivity of organic molecules, focussing on application to biological molecules. The importance of solution pH in many biological systems will be introduced. along with the properties of acids and buffer solutions.

Integrated Systems Anatomy & Physiology

An integrated approach to the study of body systems correlating structure and function of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive s~stems together with their endocrine and neural control. Students will investigate the interaction of these systems in normal body functioning and in selected altered body states.

Introduction to Chemistry

This unit is an introduction to the fundamental nature of matter for students who have not previously studied chemistry. Students who have passed WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or equivalent should instead take CHEM1000 Principles and Processes in Chemistry or CHEM1 001 Biological Chemistry. A range of chemical processes that underpin a broad array of disciplines will illustrate the importance of and differences between chemical and mathematical representations of reactions and reactivity. The physical phenomena resulting from bond types and their resulting intermolecular forces will explain the properties of natural and man-made processes and materials. Using examples from nature and biology the role of the certain groups in ascribing reactivity and function of organic molecules will be highlighted.

2017 Fees

Australian Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 1,480 11,840
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

International Students

  Per Unit Total Fees ($AUD)
Diploma (Stage 1) 2,625 21,000
Diploma (Stage 2) 4,325 34,600

Entry Requirements

Australian Students

Course Entry Requirements
Diploma (Stage 1)

Year 11 with 50%

Diploma (Stage 2)

Minimum ATAR/UAI 60 OR AQF Certificate IV OR equivalent Foundation Year grades

International Students

Diploma (Stage 1) Diploma (Stage 2)
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCE O-Level with 4 passes Minimum of 4 points from 3 GCE A-Level OR 2 points from 1 GCE A‐Level and 2 points from AS‐Level
International Baccalaureate (IB) TBC Minimum of 25 points over 6 IB units in one sitting
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Enquire at Curtin College Enquire at Curtin College
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Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 1)
February | July

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)


Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
2-3 trimesters (8-12 months)

Diploma of Health Sciences (Stage 2)
2 semesters (12 months)

Note: This is a full-time course at Curtin’s Bentley campus.

Next Intake February 2017

Apply now for the Diploma of Health Sciences, leading to year 2 of the Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology) at Curtin University.

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