Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Choose Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at La Trobe

  • Perform between 25 and 30 hours of laboratory-based research each week. We offer one year of research, so you can use this course as a pathway to a PhD.
  • Learn from research scientists who are specialists in cutting-edge techniques relevant to current applications in the biotechnology industry.
  • Get a head start in your career by applying for a job within a virtual biotechnology company.
  • You can exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing your first year.

Career outcomes

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in science and there's a high demand for skilled graduates. This course prepares you for a career in medicine, diagnostics, agriculture, environmental protection, food technology or renewable resources. You could find yourself producing antibiotics, creating vaccines, profiling and cloning DNA, and producing advanced food strains.

If you are a pathologist, medical technologist or paramedic, studying biotechnology and bioinformatics is a great pathway to a new career. Your experience in bioinformatics could see you working as a bioinformatician, scientific programmer or computational biologist. You'll have the opportunity to work in emerging biotechnology enterprises in Australia and overseas.

Our graduates are working as biotechnologists and technicians at DTS Food Laboratories and Clonal Solutions Australia. They're also working as R&D scientists at biopharmaceutical company CSL Biotherapies and CSIRO.

What you'll learn

You'll learn how to:

  • enhance your practical laboratory skills through a variety of protein chemistry applications
  • 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

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

Year 1Semester 1Semester 2
 Academic Integrity Module (online)Proteomics and Genomics 
 Techniques in BiotechnologySkills in Science
 Protein ChemistryPractical Biotechnology 
 BioBusiness ManagementBioinformatics 
 Scientific Communication Skills 
Year 2Semester 1Semester 2
 Thesis AThesis C
 Thesis BThesis D

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Industry connections

La Trobe is a recognised leader in biochemistry and cell biology research. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings, our research output was rated the maximum score of 5 - well above world standard.

Through our Department of Biochemistry and Genetics and the world-class La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science you'll work closely with leading researchers in some of the best facilities available.

Featured staff

Dr Megan Maher

Megan Maher is a Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Head at La Trobe, based in the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS). Her research focuses on the structural biology of metals with a focus on X-ray crystallography. Dr Maher has been published in numerous publications including The Journal of Biological Chemistry, The EMBO Journal, PNAS, Nature Communications and more.

Find out more about Megan Maher here.

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