Learn about the structure and function of the molecules that are fundamental to life: DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
In this course you’ll learn about the structure and function of the molecules that are fundamental to life: DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites. You’ll get the most up-to-date knowledge and training in molecular genetics, including the techniques involved in gene technologies, and learn the software tools needed to solve problems at the molecular level. These techniques have widespread application in all aspects of modern biology, including medicine, forensic science, conservation biology and agriculture.
To expand your expertise and career prospects even further, you can combine Molecular Biology with another major, such as Biomedical Science, Clinical Laboratory Science, Conservation and Wildlife Biology or Forensic Biology and Toxicology.
You’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers from these centres and be taught by committed researchers with strong industry links. Murdoch’s South Street campus hosts several world-class molecular research centres, including the WA Phenome Centre, the Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, the State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, the Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory, and the Centre for Rhizobium Studies.
When you graduate, you could be high in demand for work as a molecular biologist in hospitals, research organisations such as the CSIRO and medical research centres, universities and agriculture departments, and in biotechnology and food processing industries. You could also pursue roles such as discovering markers for diagnosing disease, using DNA profiling to catch criminals, working against the trade in endangered species or developing new crop varieties to feed a growing population.
This course is excellent preparation for postgraduate study in fields such as medicine, pharmacy and forensic science. High achieving students can also choose to complete Honours, an additional year of study, which involves undertaking an independent project with one of our research groups.
- Perth Campus (some units external)
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
- School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Genetics and Molecular Biology
Each course has a core set of units that must be completed for you to graduate. In addition to these core units you are free to choose other units, called general electives, to create your own course.
Entry requirements for
Students undertaking units in Genetics and Molecular Biology will not be required to kill any vertebrate animal but they will be required to work with fresh tissue from dead animals in certain units.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications close at the start of semester on 27 February.
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