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As a graduate of this unique degree, you can apply your science and business expertise in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, environmental protection and renewable resources technology.

Our Master of Biotechnology Management is the only postgraduate course in Victoria combining biotechnology and business. It’s designed for students with a background in science who want to advance their career as leaders, managers, or supervisors in this rapidly growing industry.

Throughout the course, you will have access to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), a multimillion-dollar research hub. You will gain advanced knowledge in biotechnology theory, managing a complex biotechnology laboratory, and the latest techniques and software applications used by biotechnology researchers currently working in industry. In addition you will develop cutting-edge managerial practices, such as human resource management, and accounting and finance, and skills in critical thinking, data analysis and scientific communication.

At La Trobe, you will study with leaders in the field. Melbourne is the city at the forefront of Australia's biotechnology industry. With around 150 biotechnology businesses in Victoria and leading biotechnology companies Hexima and Ad Alta onsite at La Trobe, you’ll have ample opportunities to network and build industry relationships while you study.

Career opportunities

With access to state-of-the-art facilities, leading academics and industry guest speakers, your education will be world-class.

On graduation you will be prepared for a career in such varied fields as:

  • research and development manager
  • scientific laboratory manager and supervisor
  • science department manager.

The diverse applications for biotechnology mean you could provide leadership in areas including:

  • food science
  • vaccine production
  • pharmaceutical research
  • chemical industries
  • agricultural science
  • microbiology.

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La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS)

The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) is a world hub for molecular science research, drawing together scientists from various disciplines to tackle contemporary issues and solve global problems. The LIMS facility is used by both students and scientists and has contributed to our 2015 ranking as ‘well above world class’ (the best possible rating bestowed by the ERA Australian Research Council) for our research in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology.*

The LIMS complex has 56 research and support laboratories, advanced research equipment, a 200-seat auditorium, and over 3,000 square metres of teaching facilities. Around 400 academics, research fellows, postgraduate students and support staff are based at the Institute. LIMS also has a regional node at our Bendigo Campus.

This state-of-the-art facility provides Master of Biotechnology Management students with unrivalled access to researchers in the field so you can learn how business skills apply to a real-world laboratory.

LIMS also has two embedded companies, Hexima and Ad Alta and links to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute .

Read more about this facility and the ground-breaking work we’re doing.

*ERA, 2015

Course details for local students

Master of Biotechnology Management

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$28,400 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Prerequisites:
A three-year Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science, Bioscience, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a related field. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Semester 1 or 2

  • Sustainable Management and Marketing
  • Principles of Economics
  • Statistics for Business and Finance
  • Management Practice and Theory

Semester 2

  • Skills in Science
  • Proteomics and Genomics
  • Bioinformatics

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Techniques in Biotechnology
  • Bio-business Management
  • Science Communication Skills

Semester 1 or 2

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resource Management in a Global Economy
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management

Students select one of the following subjects depending on when their final semester falls:

  • Protein Chemistry
  • Practical Biotechnology

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

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Choose Master of Biotechnology Management at La Trobe

As a graduate of this unique degree, you can apply your science and business expertise in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, environmental protection and renewable resources technology.

Our Master of Biotechnology Management is the only postgraduate course in Victoria combining biotechnology and business. It’s designed for students with a background in science who want to advance their career as leaders, managers, or supervisors in this rapidly growing industry.

Throughout the course, you will have access to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), a multimillion-dollar research hub. You will gain advanced knowledge in biotechnology theory, managing a complex biotechnology laboratory, and the latest techniques and software applications used by biotechnology researchers currently working in industry. In addition you will develop cutting-edge managerial practices, such as human resource management, and accounting and finance, and skills in critical thinking, data analysis and scientific communication.

At La Trobe, you will study with leaders in the field. Melbourne is the city at the forefront of Australia's biotechnology industry. With around 150 biotechnology businesses in Victoria and leading biotechnology companies Hexima and Ad Alta onsite at La Trobe, you’ll have ample opportunities to network and build industry relationships while you study.

Career opportunities

With access to state-of-the-art facilities, leading academics and industry guest speakers, your education will be world-class.

On graduation you will be prepared for a career in such varied fields as:

  • research and development manager
  • scientific laboratory manager and supervisor
  • science department manager.

The diverse applications for biotechnology mean you could provide leadership in areas including:

  • food science
  • vaccine production
  • pharmaceutical research
  • chemical industries
  • agricultural science
  • microbiology.

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Facility profile

La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS)

The La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) is a world hub for molecular science research, drawing together scientists from various disciplines to tackle contemporary issues and solve global problems. The LIMS facility is used by both students and scientists and has contributed to our 2015 ranking as ‘well above world class’ (the best possible rating bestowed by the ERA Australian Research Council) for our research in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology.*

The LIMS complex has 56 research and support laboratories, advanced research equipment, a 200-seat auditorium, and over 3,000 square metres of teaching facilities. Around 400 academics, research fellows, postgraduate students and support staff are based at the Institute. LIMS also has a regional node at our Bendigo Campus.

This state-of-the-art facility provides Master of Biotechnology Management students with unrivalled access to researchers in the field so you can learn how business skills apply to a real-world laboratory.

LIMS also has two embedded companies, Hexima and Ad Alta and links to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute .

Read more about this facility and the ground-breaking work we’re doing.

*ERA, 2015

Course details for international students

Master of Biotechnology Management (091417K)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
34 400
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time
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:
A three-year Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science, Bioscience, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or a related field. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance

Semester 1 or 2

  • Sustainable Management and Marketing
  • Principles of Economics
  • Statistics for Business and Finance
  • Management Practice and Theory

Semester 2

  • Skills in Science
  • Proteomics and Genomics
  • Bioinformatics

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Techniques in Biotechnology
  • Bio-business Management
  • Science Communication Skills

Semester 1 or 2

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Human Resource Management in a Global Economy
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management

Students select one of the following subjects depending on when their final semester falls:

  • Protein Chemistry
  • Practical Biotechnology

This sample course structure is only indicative. For an up to date version please consult the Handbook.

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