Microbiology

From little things big things grow

Explore how micro-organisms affect our lives. Understand the ways in which they help, hinder and harm.

Why study Microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of very small organisms that are found in our bodies and in the wider world.

Microbes and bacteria can be found almost everywhere on earth, from the depths of volcanoes to the skin of our hands. These micro-organisms contribute to our health by controlling waste and assisting with the absorption of food. They also help make wine and cheese, among other things.

The dark side of microbiology are the organisms that cause infectious diseases and, over time, can become resistant to drugs.

Microbiology is a broad discipline covering diverse areas. Our program is comprehensive and includes animal, plant and microbial life; medical and veterinary microbiology; mitochondrial genetics; cell biology and molecular pathogenesis; molecular cell biology; molecular virology and molecular genetics.

At La Trobe, we offer a high level of practical training and opportunities to collaborate with the best minds in your field nationally and internationally.

Where can Microbiology take me?

Microbiology prepares you for a career in a range of fields including food production, hospitals, medical institutes, pharmaceutical companies, environmental science laboratories and animal health companies.

Our graduates work across many specialisations including bacteriology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, pathology and virology.

They're employed as scientists, researchers and educators in both the public and private sectors.

Why La Trobe?

  • La Trobe is equal first in Australia for our research in microbiology, and consistently rates as 'well above world-standard' for our research in in this area (Excellence in Research for Australia Rankings, 2012, 2015).
  • Our industry cadetship program offers paid workplace experience between semesters, giving you the chance to develop your skills and build your career.

Further study options

Take your knowledge and skills in microbiology to an advanced level with Honours. You'll complete a one-year supervised research project along with a minor component of course work. Honours students work as part of active research groups, focusing on areas of their own specialisation.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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