What will I learn?

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

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
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.

Which department am I in?




Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$31,200.00 (16,70,236) per year
Start date

28 February 2022, 1 August 2022


Murdoch University

Perth Campus,

90 South Street,


Western Australia,

6150, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Completion of a minimum of 65% or better in Grade 12 English. Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language - IBT (TOEFL IBT) - 73 with no band less than 18; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based (TOEFL - Paper Based) - 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5); Cambridge Advanced English prior 52 with no section less than Borderline; Cambridge Advanced English after 169 overall with no band below 169; Occupational English Test (OET) - OET with a minimum of C in the four components; Pearson Test of English (PTE) 50 with no band below 50.

For international students

Applicants are required to complete secondary education (Year 12 or Australian equivalent) currently or within the last two years are eligible to apply. Entry requirements vary country by country.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT): 140 Written English; International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 Overall; Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 169 Overall; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 50 Overall; Test of English as a Foreign Language Ð IBT (TOEFL IBT): 73 Overall; Occupational English Test (OET): C (250-290) Reading; C (250-290) Writing; C (250-290) Speaking; C (250-290) Listening

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Canning College