The Research Project in Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science has the following assessment items:
- Literature Review: A major written assignment of approximately 3,000 words on the topic of the student's project work. The aim is to familiarise students with library usage and to develop a critical approach to assessing published literature in the area relevant to the research project. A second important aim is for the student to develop appropriate writing skills. Supervisors will therefore read and comment on drafts of the literature review. In their assessment, supervisors will be looking for evidence of thorough scrutiny of the relevant literature and appropriate presentation of the material. Although this does not constitute a formal part of the final grade it is necessary for students to demonstrate their literacy skills at an early stage.
- Final Seminar: Each student will present a seminar on outcomes of his/her research project towards the end of their project. This component is worth 5% of the final mark. This is a 15-20 minute powerpoint presentation to the School and is assessed by academics in attendance at the seminar.
- Thesis: A written manuscript summarising the research and results of the Research Project under the direction of a duly appointed Supervisor. This manuscript is a maximum of 70 pages and is marked by two assigned Examiners (supervisor and one other). This component contributes 75% to the final Grade for the project.
There are other compulsory activities which do not contribute to your grades but are required for the successful completion of the Program in the School of BABS. This includes:
- Occupational Health & Safety training prior to starting research in the laboratory.
Deadlines for the above assessable items and compulsory activities will be advised by the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science.
Admission Requirements and Process
Applicants are required to have a recognised three year full-time Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) with a minimum average mark greater than 55, specialising in:
- Molecular Cell Biology;
- Microbiology; or
Students must also demonstrate in their application that they have research experience in one of the relevant disciplines for this stream. Students without demonstrated research experience will be considered at the discretion of the Postgraduate Coordinator in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
It is essential that applicants identify an appropriate academic supervisor and obtain agreement prior to submitting an application for postgraduate study. Identifying and negotiating with prospective supervisors is up to applicants, and applicants need to align their interest with the research area of one of the School's academics.
Once agreement has been reached with a suitable academic staff member, an application for Postgraduate study through UNSW Apply Online (https://apply.unsw.edu.au) is required. Agreement of a supervisor is not a guarantee of admission but required before an application will be considered. Admission also depends on the resources of the School and supervisor availability, and is ultimately at the discretion of the Head of School or nominee.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma (Research) with a sufficiently high weighted average mark are qualified to continue further in their research careers by undertaking postgraduate studies by research (Masters or PhD level).
Graduates are also well qualified to work in various endeavours, which include: patent law specialising in scientific patents, management in technological companies, scientific research and commercial applications, science journalism, forensic science, pollution control, diagnostic microbiology and immunology, and sales and technical specialists in science-based industries.