PSB Academy

Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), University of Western Australia

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Molecular Biology is the basic science for study if you want to work in the new biotechnology industries.
It has important practical applications in everyday life, such as the use of genetically engineered organisms to produce new and better vaccines, insulin for the treatment of diabetes, growth hormone for the treatment of growth defects, antibiotics and anti-cancer drugs, as well as the production of more efficient and environmentally friendly agricultural systems.


Molecular biology holds the promise of improved livestock, development of disease-resistant and drought-resistant crops, and the easier diagnosis, and even curing, of genetic diseases in humans.


Programme Structure

The programme requires the completion of 24 units (144 points) and consists of 17 core units (102 points), 1 optional unit (6 points) and 6 elective units (36 points) of unspecified advanced standing (credit). Polytechnic diploma and diploma holders will receive advanced standing (credit) for all elective units. Students may receive additional credit for core units depending on GPA.


Programme Outline

  Unit Code Unit Title Pre-requisite
1 Option ANHB1101 or
Human Biology I (Becoming Human), OR
Biological Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Nil.Background in chemistry
2 Core SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell Background in biology and chemistry
3 Core CHEM1103 Biological Organic Chemistry Background in chemistry
4 Core GENE2204 Principles of Genetics Level 1 Biology
5 Core CHEM2210 Structure Determination & Physical Chemistry CHEM1103 and CHEM1104
6 Core BIOC2201 Biochemistry of the Cell SCIE1106
7 Core SCIE2225 Molecular Biology SCIE1106
8 Core BIOC2202 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function SCIE1106
9 Core CHEM2221 Biological & Medicinal Chemistry CHEM2210
10 Core GENE2230 Molecular Genetics SCIE1106
11 Core CHEM3305 Biological Chemistry CHEM2210
12 Core CHEM3307 Metals in Biological Chemistry CHEM2210
13 Core GENE3331 Molecular Genetics & Genomics Part 1 (AC) GENE2230
14 Core GENE3332 Molecular Genetics & Genomics Part 2 GENE2230
15 Core SCIE3326 Molecular Biology Part 1 (AC) SCIE2225
16 Core SCIE3327 Molecular Biology Part 2 SCIE2225
17 Core BIOC3353 Molecular & Structural Biochemistry Part 1 (AC) BIOC2201 and BIOC2202
18 Core BIOC3354 Molecular & Structural Biochemistry Part 2 BIOC2201 and BIOC2202


Delivery of programmes may not follow the sequence as shown and are subject to change.
Note: Elective units are not listed.



The programme can be completed within 2-4 years. For those with exemptions, this programme may be completed within a shorter period.


English Language Proficiency

Please note that all students must also meet the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • C6 or better for GCE O-Level; OR
  • 570 (paper-based total) and 230 (computer-based total) in TOEFL with Essay Rating/TWE of 4.5 or Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in the Writing section and no less than 20 in the other sections; OR
  • 6.5 in IELTS with no band less than 6.0; OR
  • Grade C for the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade E for GCE A-Level



An Honours degree is available to students who satisfy the entrance requirements. Interested students should apply via student connect at The University of Western Australia.

Entry Requirements

  • Local Polytechnic Diploma with GPA ≥ 2.2; OR GCE A-Level and STPM (subject to the University’s admission guidelines);
  • GCE A-Level Mathematics with minimum Grade E or equivalent is also a pre-requisite for entry to the Bachelor of Science programmes

Delivery methods

  • Classroom and Laboratory

Assesment Methods

  • Laboratory assignments, projects and examinations

Graduation and Degree

  • Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)

Commencement date

Jan, Apr, Sep & Nov

Full/part time

Part Time

Length of course

24 Months

Course Price

$ 42,372.00

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