Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Enterprise)

The University of Melbourne

Course details

Level of study: Postgraduate


Whether via enhancing global food production or pursuing advances in cancer prophylactics, therapeutics or diagnostics, biotechnology professionals can deliver huge opportunities for the wellbeing of our global population. But to accelerate commercial success within the industry, scientific expertise must be matched with comprehensive business understanding.

The University of Melbourne’s Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology (Enterprise) will help you leverage your existing knowledge to sharpen your business skills and examine the intersection of the commercial and technical realities of your sector. You will learn from experts drawn from across the University and external organisations, who bring a wealth of real-world, international experience in disciplines as diverse as business, law, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and agriculture.

In four subjects of your choosing, you will explore relevant ethical, political and legal challenges, and understand some of the common stumbling blocks encountered when taking a product into market. By gaining a comprehensive understanding of key non-technical areas such as finance, return on investment, regulatory affairs, risk management and marketing, you will develop a clear competitive advantage in your sector.

Ideal for currently working professionals, this program is designed to be undertaken part-time and is delivered 100% online – allowing you to study from anywhere in the world.

This program is ideal for professionals working within the life sciences, pharmaceutical, biomedical and biomedical engineering, and agricultural and food biotechnology sectors. You may already be working in biotechnology enterprises and looking to assume wider management or leadership responsibilities, or you may be working in the life sciences sectors and seeking to broaden your understanding and move into a biotechnology-related role.

As a graduate of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of recent developments in the management of biotechnology enterprises, from a multidisciplinary and global perspective.
  • Manage the use of quality systems and regulatory requirements in biotechnology organisations.
  • Develop and manage clinical, prototyping and field trial programs to deliver products meeting market need.
  • Critically analyse management of biotechnology enterprise through world-leading best practice techniques.
  • Evaluate various options for appropriate approaches to the management of biotechnology enterprises.

Career outcomes

The knowledge gained in this program will help you advance your career within a biotechnology sector or take it in a new direction. You may want to pivot from a research-based focus into a more commercial role or you may be seeking to step up into a leadership capacity. Gaining comprehensive business skills and insights can give you a competitive advantage over many of your peers, and the expertise needed to take on roles in areas such as product development, entrepreneurship or government policy.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
16,848 Per Year Expected Jul 2023 1 year
Read more1 year part time

Self study / online (without attendance)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010

Entry criteria

The minimum entry requirements are:

A bachelor honours degree or equivalent in a cognate area and at least two years of documented, relevant work experience, or
A three-year undergraduate qualification and at least 50 credit points, or equivalent, of graduate-level study in a cognate area at least two years of documented, relevant work experience, or
A three-year undergraduate qualification and at least three years of documented, relevant work experience, or
A PhD in a cognate area, or
A minimum of eight years' documented, relevant work experience.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
  • TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
  • TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
  • Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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