Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)

Provided by PSB Academy


Awarded by La Trobe University

Course introduction


The Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology) aims to train students in key elements of biotechnology and manipulation of molecular biological data, enabling them to be able to work in nascent biotechnology enterprises. Students will study biochemistry related to biomembranes, protein structure and function and bioinformatics and gene structure and function. The practical work includes hands on experience in biochemistry and molecular biology techniques, allowing students to develop general laboratory skills in experimental design and data interpretation.

  • Advanced Standing
    Receive 6 – 12 module exemptions with a relevant polytechnic diploma qualification, with possible completion in 12 – 36 months.
  • Purpose-Built Science Labs
    Work with some of the industry’s most commonly used equipment across our three life science and chemistry labs, which are designed through more than 10 years of teaching life science.
  • Double Majors Advantage
    Combine perspectives across two life science disciplines to enhance your learning experience.
Potential Career Opportuities
  • Medical Technologist
  • Scientific Writer
  • Quality Control Supervisor

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Year 1 Core Modules
  • Big Ideas in Science: Life, the Universe and Everything
  • Biology of Cell and Organism
  • Chemistry 1A
  • Genetics, Human Biology and Evolution
  • Organs and Organ Systems
  • Statistics for Life Sciences OR Mathematical Applications in Biology
Year 1 Elective Modules (Choose 2)
  • Chemistry 1B*
  • Foundations of Biomedical Science
  • Mathematical Applications in Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Formulation A*
  • Statistics for Life Sciences
Year 2 Core Modules
  • Big Ideas in Science: Career Options and Professional Identity
  • Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Pharmacology A
  • Pharmacology B
Year 2 Elective Modules (Choose 1)
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Medicinal Chemistry A*
Year 3 Core Modules
  • Advanced Biochemistry and Medical Biology Laboratory Course
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Haematology
  • Group Project
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics Laboratory Course
  • Applications of Biotechnology OR Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Systems Biology
Year 3 Elective Modules (Choose 2)
  • Advanced Analytical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology*
  • Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Cell Biology*
  • Advanced Topics in Biochemistry and Systems Biology
  • Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science A
  • Advanced Topics in Medical Sciences B
  • Applications of Biomedical Science
  • Applications of Biotechnology
  • Practical Skills in Biomedical Science*
*Recommended Electives for Students to choose for course completion within 28 months (full time) – 48 months (part-time)

Mode of Assessment
Assessment of this programme may include assignments, tests, projects, reports, lab work and final examinations.

Entry Requirements

Local Qualifications

  • GCE ‘A’-Levels minimum 7 in total for the best 3 H2 subjects or, STPM 8 in total for the best 3 academic subjects, and min. grade C for Chemistry; OR
  • Local Science-related diploma in relevant areas; OR
  • Local Engineering diploma with Calculus Mathematics background and has a ‘C’ average grade may be considered; OR
  • PSB Academy Foundation Diploma in Life Sciences with an average Pass, and with a Pass in each of the units
Advanced standing may be given for approved Diploma courses upon a final Diploma result. All applications are subject to approval by La Trobe University. 

Minimum Age Requirement
  • 16 years old

English Language Requirements
  • GCE ‘O’ level English grade C or above or equivalent; OR
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0; OR
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test -a minimum overall score of 550 with a score of 5 or more in the Test of Written English; OR
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test -64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing; OR
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE) Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of application to La Trobe University.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

The programme can be completed within 12- 28 months, depending on number of exemptions. Terms: 4 modules in a trimester
[Part-time option available]

Intake Period
  • September

Fees & Funding

Total Course Fees

Singapore-based Students & International Students
  • 24 modules: S$47,508.00
  • 18 modules: S$35,631.00 ^
  • 12 Modules: S$23,754.00^
Progressing Students*
Singapore-based Students: S$45,132.60 (24 modules)
International Students: S$47,508.00 (24 modules)

Payment Instalments
  • 24 modules: 6
  • 18 modules: 5
  • 12 Modules: 3
^ Relevant Life Science Polytechnic Diploma holders can enjoy 6 to 12 module exemptions, subject to university entry requirements.
* Applicable for students w
ho completed PSB Academy’s Foundation Diploma in Life Sciences
All fees are subject to annual revision. Total course fee is inclusive of lab fees.

Mandatory Fees

Singapore-based Student
  • Application Fee: S$128.40
  • Student Development Fee: S$321.00
International Student
  • Application Fee: S$450.00
  • Student’s Pass issuance and multiple journey visa fees (varies by country): S$60.00 – S$90.00
  • Student Induction and Development Fee (For New International Student): S$1,070.00
  • Students Induction and Development Fee (For Progressing International Student): S$321.00
All fees are subject to annual revision.