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Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field with far-reaching impacts on the way we live. As a graduate of this unique course you can apply your science and business expertise to make a difference in areas as diverse as agriculture, environmental protection, renewable resources technology and medicine.

Our Master of Biotechnology Management is the only postgraduate course in Victoria to combine 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 exciting industry.

You’ll gain advanced knowledge in biotechnology theory alongside cutting-edge managerial practices. You’ll develop skills in critical thinking, data analysis and scientific communication. You'll also master business essentials such as human resource management, and accounting and finance. You’ll learn how to manage a complex biotechnology laboratory and understand the latest techniques and software applications used by biotechnology researchers currently working in industry.

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

During your course, you’ll also have access to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), a multimillion-dollar research hub available to La Trobe students and scientists.

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’ll be prepared for a career as a:

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

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

  • 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

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (February and July)
Fees amount:
$27,500 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:

Course details for international students

Master of Biotechnology Management (091417K)

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
31 300
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time
Prerequisites:
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:

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