Master of Biotechnology Management

Choose Biotechnology Management at La Trobe

Advance your science career by combining management skills with biotechnology expertise.

  • Get advanced skills in biotechnology while attaining strong management foundations.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links.
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities like our $100 million La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science (LIMS).

Career outcomes

This degree prepares you for biotech careers in:

  • food science
  • management
  • vaccine production
  • bio-business development
  • pharmaceutical research
  • chemical industries
  • building and construction
  • agricultural science
  • microbiology.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • manage complex biotechnology laboratory environments.
  • develop skills in critical thinking, data analysis, teamwork and scientific communication
  • use online data analysis software to analyse the sequences of DNA and protein molecules
  • carry out laboratory techniques such as PCR, cloning, protein expression, protein purification and protein localisation studies
  • locate, use and apply commonly available bioinformatic software programs to address biological problems.

Course structure

The course leverages advanced training in biotechnology against a business and management setting.

In the first year, you'll be introduced to practical business skills including accounting and finance, sustainable management and marketing, as well as areas of specialisation including genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics.

In the second year, you will look into organisational behaviour, techniques in biotechnology, science communication skills, and more. Students can also select one of two subjects, protein chemistry or practical biotechnology, depending on when their semester falls.

For full details, see the handbook entry. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

Scholarships and financial support

Australian students

International students

Industry connections

In bio-business management, you'll set up a biotech company (selling a virtual product) with guidance from our industry partners, covering all aspects of bio-business entrepreneurship from scientific research and organisational structure to business development and marketing.

Our industry partners include start-ups like Hexima (an agri-business company dealing with commercial crop production) and Ad Alta (a biotech company with research interests in protein-based therapies as an alternative to drug treatments).

Associate Professor, Dr Michael Foley, is currently a project leader at the Cooperative Research Centre for Biomarker translation, which is working on monoclonal antibodies for a variety of diseases including cancer. Dr Foley is also Chief Scientific Officer at Ad Alta.

LIMS is a research hub for scientists both within La Trobe and outside organisations, including Australian Synchrotron and overseas partners like the University of Virginia.

Inside look

The La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science (LIMS) is a world hub for molecular science research, drawing together scientists from various disciplines to tackle today's issues. Recent projects include creating cancer treatments with the tobacco plant, developing malaria vaccines, and using biotech in pest control. Because of LIMS, La Trobe has been ranked as Australia's leading university in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Find out more.

Featured staff

Dr Suresh Mathivanan

Dr Mathivanan is a recipient of the 2013 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year award in the Life Sciences and Biological Science category for his work in cancer research.

Suresh has a PhD in proteomics and bioinformatics from the John Hopkins University, USA (2008) and in 2011 he joined the Department of Biochemistry at La Trobe. He received a National Health and Medical Research Council fellowship to study exosomes secreted by cancer cells and has set up his own research group at the LIMS institute.

'I had to explain my work to my late grandmother in India,' he said. 'I started to explain the big picture but then I realised I had to explain the small things. When people ask me now (what I do), I say, 'If you have cancer, I want to kill those cells.' Suresh's lab studies exosomes, their role in cancer and early detection.

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