Biotechnology

Why study Biotechnology?

Biotechnology is one the fastest growing industries worldwide. Our highly-regarded courses offer hands-on, technique-intensive learning, with a strong research focus aimed to equip graduates with the skills necessary to work in the sector. Our subjects are less lecture-based and more enquiry-based, involving small-group workshops and tutorials, and our Masters courses are pathways into PhD studies. 

The University's strength in research is demonstrated by the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings. In Biochemistry and Cell Biology, La Trobe was one of two universities whose research output was rated well above world standard, achieving the maximum score of 5.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and biotechnology, in business and research throughout the world. Those combining their studies with a MBA will be ready for positions with a focus on business management.

Courses

Local students

2016 - apply now

Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Duration :
1 year full-time or up to 2 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
This unique course aims to train you in the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data, with a strong emphasis on embedding research skills. The course offers a wide variety of practical experiences in laboratory settings, including intensive short projects, industry visits and multiple weekly practical sessions. The program also provides opportunities to develop your communication and higher order thinking skills, including analysis, critical inquiry and problem-solving. In second year, you will undertake a year-long individual project as a member of a specialised research group, under the supervision of a scientific mentor.

You will have the chance to conduct research in our new facilities within the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS) or AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience, both located at the Melbourne Campus.
Prerequisite
Australian Bachelor's degree or international equivalent, containing at least two years (four semesters) of biology and at least one of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, botany, pharmacology or pharmacy
Fee amount
Indicative (2016): $25,720 per 120 credit points.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2016.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Duration :
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
Bioinformatics is an exciting area of science, which combines molecular biology and information technology. It uses the power of computing to tackle biological and medical problems. It's also one the fastest growing industries worldwide.

Our highly-regarded course offers hands-on, technique-intensive learning, with a strong research focus aimed to equip you with the skills necessary to work in the sector. The curriculum covers key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data.

The course offers you the opportunity to carry out a full year of laboratory-based research and participate in multiple weekly practicals. You'll spend between 25 and 30 hours in the lab each week during your second year.

Biotechnology is becoming increasingly central to a variety of industries, including medicine, diagnostics, agriculture, environmental protection, food technology and renewable resources technology. When you graduate you'll be prepared for work in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and biotechnology, in business and research throughout the world.

Our graduates are working as biotechnologists and technicians at DTS Food Laboratories and Clonal Solutions Australia. They're also working as R and D scientists at biopharmaceutical company CSL Biotherapies and CSIRO. Many of our graduates go on to do further research and work as academics.

You'll also have the flexibility to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing the first year. If you are an international student and decide to go on to complete a PhD you may be eligible for a scholarship that covers your course fee.
Prerequisite
Bachelor degree including at least second-year university-level biology.
Fee amount
Indicative (2016): $26,440 per 120 credit points.

Additional information
Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing first year.

How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2016.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Master)Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology Management

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 2 (July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
This two-year course gives you the competencies required to thrive in the rapidly developing biotechnology industry. It provides a unique combination of studies, allowing you to acquire advanced skills in biotechnology, while attaining sound business/management foundations.

The course aims to leverage advanced training in biotechnology against a business and management setting. You'll have the opportunity to forge a career path in biotechnology industry leadership, and apply scientific foundations to a business and management environment.
Prerequisite
A three-year Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science, Bioscience, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a related field.
Fee amount
Indicative (2016): $25,720 per 120 credit points.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2016.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
2Melbourne

2017

Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Duration :
1 year full-time or up to 2 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This unique course aims to train you in the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data, with a strong emphasis on embedding research skills. The course offers a wide variety of practical experiences in laboratory settings, including intensive short projects, industry visits and multiple weekly practical sessions. The program also provides opportunities to develop your communication and higher order thinking skills, including analysis, critical inquiry and problem-solving. In second year, you will undertake a year-long individual project as a member of a specialised research group, under the supervision of a scientific mentor.

You will have the chance to conduct research in our new facilities within the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS) or AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience, both located at the Melbourne Campus.
Prerequisite
Australian Bachelor's degree or international equivalent, containing at least two years (four semesters) of biology and at least one of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, botany, pharmacology or pharmacy
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $24,040 per 120 credit points.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
0Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Duration :
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Bioinformatics is an exciting area of science, which combines molecular biology and information technology. It uses the power of computing to tackle biological and medical problems. It's also one the fastest growing industries worldwide.

Our highly-regarded course offers hands-on, technique-intensive learning, with a strong research focus aimed to equip you with the skills necessary to work in the sector. The curriculum covers key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data.

The course offers you the opportunity to carry out a full year of laboratory-based research and participate in multiple weekly practicals. You'll spend between 25 and 30 hours in the lab each week during your second year.

Biotechnology is becoming increasingly central to a variety of industries, including medicine, diagnostics, agriculture, environmental protection, food technology and renewable resources technology. When you graduate you'll be prepared for work in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and biotechnology, in business and research throughout the world.

Our graduates are working as biotechnologists and technicians at DTS Food Laboratories and Clonal Solutions Australia. They're also working as R and D scientists at biopharmaceutical company CSL Biotherapies and CSIRO. Many of our graduates go on to do further research and work as academics.

You'll also have the flexibility to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing the first year. If you are an international student and decide to go on to complete a PhD you may be eligible for a scholarship that covers your course fee.
Prerequisite
Bachelor degree including at least second-year university-level biology.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $24,040 per 120 credit points.

Additional information
Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing first year.

How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
1Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology Management

Duration :
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This two-year course gives you the competencies required to thrive in the rapidly developing biotechnology industry. It provides a unique combination of studies, allowing you to acquire advanced skills in biotechnology, while attaining sound business/management foundations.

The course aims to leverage advanced training in biotechnology against a business and management setting. You'll have the opportunity to forge a career path in biotechnology industry leadership, and apply scientific foundations to a business and management environment.
Prerequisite
A three-year Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science, Bioscience, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a related field.
Fee amount
Indicative (2016): $25,720 per 120 credit points.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Biotechnology Management (Master)Melbourne

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

2016 - apply now

Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (049586J)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 260
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
This unique course aims to train you in the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data, with a strong emphasis on embedding research skills. The course offers a wide variety of practical experiences in laboratory settings, including intensive short projects, industry visits and multiple weekly practical sessions. The program also provides opportunities to develop your communication and higher order thinking skills, including analysis, critical inquiry and problem-solving. In second year, you will undertake a year-long individual project as a member of a specialised research group, under the supervision of a scientific mentor.

You will have the chance to conduct research in our new facilities within the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS) or AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience, both located at the Melbourne Campus.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree containing at least second-year university-level biology, or an approved international equivalent.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (049585K)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 080
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
Bioinformatics is an exciting area of science, which combines molecular biology and information technology. It uses the power of computing to tackle biological and medical problems. It's also one the fastest growing industries worldwide.

Our highly-regarded course offers hands-on, technique-intensive learning, with a strong research focus aimed to equip you with the skills necessary to work in the sector. The curriculum covers key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data.

The course offers you the opportunity to carry out a full year of laboratory-based research and participate in multiple weekly practicals. You'll spend between 25 and 30 hours in the lab each week during your second year.

Biotechnology is becoming increasingly central to a variety of industries, including medicine, diagnostics, agriculture, environmental protection, food technology and renewable resources technology. When you graduate you'll be prepared for work in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and biotechnology, in business and research throughout the world.

Our graduates are working as biotechnologists and technicians at DTS Food Laboratories and Clonal Solutions Australia. They're also working as R and D scientists at biopharmaceutical company CSL Biotherapies and CSIRO. Many of our graduates go on to do further research and work as academics.

You'll also have the flexibility to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing the first year. If you are an international student and decide to go on to complete a PhD you may be eligible for a scholarship that covers your course fee.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree with at least second-year university-level biology, or an approved international equivalent.
Additional information
You may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing first year, but only if you decide not to proceed to the second year.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Master)Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology Management (091417K)

Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 2 (July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
This two-year course gives you the competencies required to thrive in the rapidly developing biotechnology industry. It provides a unique combination of studies, allowing you to acquire advanced skills in biotechnology, while attaining sound business/management foundations.

The course aims to leverage advanced training in biotechnology against a business and management setting. You'll have the opportunity to forge a career path in biotechnology industry leadership, and apply scientific foundations to a business and management environment.
English Language Requirements
Academic 6.5, no band less than 6.0
Academic entry requirements
A three-year Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science, Bioscience, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a related field.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
Biotechnology Management (Master)Melbourne

2017

Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (049586J)

Duration :
1 year
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 260
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This unique course aims to train you in the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data, with a strong emphasis on embedding research skills. The course offers a wide variety of practical experiences in laboratory settings, including intensive short projects, industry visits and multiple weekly practical sessions. The program also provides opportunities to develop your communication and higher order thinking skills, including analysis, critical inquiry and problem-solving. In second year, you will undertake a year-long individual project as a member of a specialised research group, under the supervision of a scientific mentor.

You will have the chance to conduct research in our new facilities within the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences (LIMS) or AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience, both located at the Melbourne Campus.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree containing at least second-year university-level biology, or an approved international equivalent.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (049585K)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 080
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Bioinformatics is an exciting area of science, which combines molecular biology and information technology. It uses the power of computing to tackle biological and medical problems. It's also one the fastest growing industries worldwide.

Our highly-regarded course offers hands-on, technique-intensive learning, with a strong research focus aimed to equip you with the skills necessary to work in the sector. The curriculum covers key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data.

The course offers you the opportunity to carry out a full year of laboratory-based research and participate in multiple weekly practicals. You'll spend between 25 and 30 hours in the lab each week during your second year.

Biotechnology is becoming increasingly central to a variety of industries, including medicine, diagnostics, agriculture, environmental protection, food technology and renewable resources technology. When you graduate you'll be prepared for work in molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and biotechnology, in business and research throughout the world.

Our graduates are working as biotechnologists and technicians at DTS Food Laboratories and Clonal Solutions Australia. They're also working as R and D scientists at biopharmaceutical company CSL Biotherapies and CSIRO. Many of our graduates go on to do further research and work as academics.

You'll also have the flexibility to exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing the first year. If you are an international student and decide to go on to complete a PhD you may be eligible for a scholarship that covers your course fee.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
An Australian Bachelor's degree with at least second-year university-level biology, or an approved international equivalent.
Additional information
You may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing first year, but only if you decide not to proceed to the second year.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (Master)Melbourne

Master of Biotechnology Management (091417K)

Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This two-year course gives you the competencies required to thrive in the rapidly developing biotechnology industry. It provides a unique combination of studies, allowing you to acquire advanced skills in biotechnology, while attaining sound business/management foundations.

The course aims to leverage advanced training in biotechnology against a business and management setting. You'll have the opportunity to forge a career path in biotechnology industry leadership, and apply scientific foundations to a business and management environment.
English Language Requirements
Academic 6.5, no band less than 6.0
Academic entry requirements
A three-year Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science, Bioscience, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a related field.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Biotechnology Management (Master)Melbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academic staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View staff in Biotechnology.