Bachelor of Biosecurity Science

Box Hill Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 082589J

Level of study: Undergraduate


With our biosecurity science course you can combine your interests in agriculture, animals and plants with science in a rewarding and practical career. This is the only dedicated undergraduate biosecurity course offered in Australia.

You will gain the knowledge to help:

  • protect our farms, livestock and crops from pests and disease
  • help prevent the attack of weeds and feral animals
  • protect people and the community from zoonotic diseases

We run the Bachelor of Biosecurity Science in association with our Biosecurity Centre of Excellence.

Develop your skills and practical knowledge in the plant and animal sciences and expand your understanding of the science and regulation of biosecurity. Begin your studies with a foundation in biology, microbiology, chemistry and research methods. Then your specialised subjects include:

Plants and animals

  • anatomy and physiology
  • plant and animal production
  • animal health and diseases
  • plant pests and diseases
  • epidemiology


  • surveillance and monitoring
  • risk management
  • legislation, regulation and policy
  • compliance and enforcement.

In your final year you will complete a biosecurity industry project. During this two month industry placement, you will evaluate and report on biosecurity practice.

Career & Learning Outcomes

This biosecurity science course may provide you with professional employment opportunities as science-educated and biosecurity-skilled personnel at entry-level positions in compliance, auditing, policy development, data management, investigation, training, and surveillance monitoring of industries impacted by biosecurity risk. Employment opportunities are available across a broad range of industries but may include job titles such as: Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Compliance Regulatory Officer, Biosecurity Policy Officer and Project Support Officer. They may also find positions in allied industries that are biosecurity-relevant, in all cases, informed by comprehensive understanding of national and international best practice.

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Global Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
  • Application & Inquiry
  • Ethical, Social & Professional Understanding
  • Communication
  • Personal & Intellectual Autonomy

Pathways & Accreditation

If you have successfully completed the Diploma of Laboratory Technology you may qualify for 24 credit points (4 units).

Successful completion of the degree will enable you to apply for an Honours or Master's degree in a related field.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
20,544 Per Year
Read moreAnnual Service Fee: 166
Feb 2023 3 years
Self study / online (with attendance)
Lilydale Lakeside Campus
Jarlo Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3140

Entry criteria

International students must have completed an Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from international students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

IELTS overall 6.0 (academic) with no band less than 5.5; TOEFL IBT overall score 64, with each section no less than 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing, 18 for speaking; PTE academic English overall 50 no communicative skills less than 42; Cambridge English advanced (CAE): 169-175; Occupational English Test (OET): minimum score of C in each of the four components.


Box Hill Institute
Box Hill Campus - Elgar
465 Elgar Road
Melbourne Victoria 3128
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