Undergraduate major

Genetics and Molecular Biology

The power of genetics and molecular biology to solve some of the world’s biggest issues is being realised – from health, to conservation, to feeding the world. Learn from scientists working on genetic breakthroughs at Murdoch.

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Murdoch code

MJ-GMB

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Full Time or Part Time

Selection rank

70

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World leading research

Our research in clinical sciences and medical microbiology is ranked well above world-standard, and immunology and genetics above world standard. 1

Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities

You’ll study in the heart of the Murdoch health precinct, which includes 3 hospitals and a medical research institute.

Grow your industry connections

Interact with researchers and scientists, with strong industry links, from Murdoch's world-class research centres.

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Overview

DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites – these are the molecules essential for functions of life. Understanding their structure and function is the foundation of molecular and genetic discoveries that could cure disease, increase crop productivity or even solve criminal cases. 

Learn how to solve problems at the molecular level, with the most up-to-date knowledge and training in molecular genetics. You’ll gain the molecular biology skills you need to analyse molecular samples, and learn how to apply them across widespread fields including animal science, biomedical science, conservation biology, crop and pasture science, forensics, marine science and medicine.

If you’re planning on pursuing postgraduate study in fields such as medicine, pharmacy and forensic science, you will be well prepared with this major. 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.

3 reasons to study Genetics and Molecular Biology at Murdoch

  • Murdoch’s Perth campus hosts several world-class molecular research centres, including the Australian National 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.
  • Five-star rating for student-teacher ratio, overall experience, student support and teaching quality*.
    *Source:Good Universities Guide 2021.
  • Learn by doing, with laboratory content throughout the course to ensure you acquire practical skills and reinforce theoretical principles.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • cell biology (structure and function of cells)
  • genetics and evolution (studying the evolution of life and population development)
  • microbiology (bacteria, viruses and fungi important in industrial, ecological, agricultural and medical settings)
  • genetic engineering (construction and uses of GMOs and associated ethical considerations)
  • biochemistry (importance of molecules in cell function)
  • systems biology (holistic approach to understand biological functions).

Your future career

A major in Genetics and Molecular Biology will prepare you for a career working in hospitals, research organisations such as the CSIRO and medical research centres, universities and agriculture departments, biotechnology and food processing industries.

Careers could include

  • Molecular Biologist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Molecular Biotechnologist
  • Research Scientist or University Academic.

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.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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