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Choose Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at La Trobe

Study one of the fastest-growing areas in science at a university globally recognised for its research in molecular science*.

If you’re looking to advance your career or prepare for further research, our Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is your next step.

Our degree spans the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data. You will be exposed to cutting-edge research techniques and laboratory-based learning, and gain the experience necessary to succeed in a career in biotechnology or postgraduate research.

La Trobe’s research in the fields of microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry and cell biology, has been rated as well above world standard, and our research in medicinal and biomolecular chemistry has been rated above world standard in the 2015 ERA Report.

You'll carry out a full year of laboratory-based research with ample opportunity to develop your practical lab skills, using state-of-the-art equipment, and enjoy access to the world-class La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS).

Enjoy first-rate research and networking opportunities, through our onsite biotechnology companies, Hexima and AdAlta, and our strong industry relationships, and graduate with skills valued by industry.

Career opportunities

Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing areas in science, with career opportunities rapidly growing in the US$132 billion industry, and Melbourne is the best place in Australia to study it.

Our graduates have gone on to further research within La Trobe, or are working for organisations such as:

  • DTS Food Laboratories
  • Clonal Solutions Australia
  • CSL Biotherapies
  • CSIRO.

The diverse applications for biotechnology mean you could work in:

  • medicine
  • diagnostics
  • agriculture
  • food technology
  • renewable resources
  • environmental protection.

*ERA, 2015

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Jessica Alderton

Jessica Alderton

Current student, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

“As a Master’s student, Jessica has honed her research skills and learnt from industry experts.”

story

Jessica Alderton decided to follow her passion for genetics by enrolling in the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

She first completed a double arts/science degree, followed by honours in genetics with the Victoria Police. She loved forensics, but missed university life at La Trobe.

As a Master’s student, Jessica has honed her research skills and learnt from industry experts. The course gives her the opportunity to specialise in genetics and gain specialist knowledge to widen her career opportunities.

Jessica says she enjoys studying in a supportive environment with leading academics and practitioners in the field. Jessica hopes to one day undertake a PhD in genetics and use her research to address real-life medical and biological problems. The Master’s course is a pathway to further study and specialisation.

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

Our onsite biotechnology companies, Hexima and AdAlta, and strong industry connections mean you’ll have first rate research and networking opportunities.

Course details for local students

Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$29,800 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Prerequisites:
Applicants must have an Australian Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent), containing at least two years (four semesters) of biology, and include the study of at least two semesters of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, genetics or biotechnology at second-year level or above. 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.
Additional information:
Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing first year.
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)
  • Techniques in Biotechnology
    Protein Chemistry
  • BioBusiness Management
  • Scientific Communication Skills

Semester 2

  • Proteomics and Genomics
  • Skills in Science
  • Practical Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Thesis A
  • Thesis B

Semester 2

  • Thesis C
  • Thesis D

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 and Bioinformatics at La Trobe

Study one of the fastest-growing areas in science at a university globally recognised for its research in molecular science*. You will be based in Melbourne, a city known as an international hub for biotechnology and life sciences.

If you are looking to advance your career or prepare for further research, our Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is your next step.

Our degree spans the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data. You will be exposed to cutting-edge research techniques and laboratory-based learning, and gain the experience necessary to succeed in a career in biotechnology or postgraduate research.

La Trobe’s research in the fields of microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry and cell biology, has been rated as well above world standard, and our research in medicinal and biomolecular chemistry has been rated above world standard in the 2015 ERA Report.

You will carry out a full year of laboratory-based research with ample opportunity to develop your practical lab skills, using state-of-the-art equipment, and enjoy access to the world-class La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS).

Enjoy first-rate research and networking opportunities, through our onsite biotechnology companies, Hexima and AdAlta, and our strong industry relationships, and graduate with skills valued by industry.

Career opportunities

Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing areas in science, with career opportunities rapidly growing in the US$132 billion industry, and Melbourne is the best place in Australia to study it. Our graduates have gone on to further research within La Trobe, or are working for organisations including:

  • DTS Food Laboratories
  • Clonal Solutions Australia
  • CSL Biotherapies
  • CSIRO.

The diverse applications for biotechnology mean you could work across areas including:

  • medicine
  • diagnostics
  • agriculture
  • food technology
  • renewable resources
  • environmental protection.

*ERA, 2015

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Jessica Alderton

Jessica Alderton

Current student, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

“As a Master’s student, Jessica has honed her research skills and learnt from industry experts.”

story

Jessica Alderton decided to follow her passion for genetics by enrolling in the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

She first completed a double arts/science degree, followed by honours in genetics with the Victoria Police. She loved forensics, but missed university life at La Trobe.

As a Master’s student, Jessica has honed her research skills and learnt from industry experts. The course gives her the opportunity to specialise in genetics and gain specialist knowledge to widen her career opportunities.

Jessica says she enjoys studying in a supportive environment with leading academics and practitioners in the field. Jessica hopes to one day undertake a PhD in genetics and use her research to address real-life medical and biological problems. The Master’s course is a pathway to further study and specialisation.

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

Our onsite biotechnology companies, Hexima and AdAlta, and strong industry connections mean you’ll have first rate research and networking opportunities.

Course details for international students

Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics (049585K)

Course offer year:
2018
Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount ($A):
35 400
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
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:
Applicants must have an Australian Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent), containing at least two years (four semesters) of biology, and include the study of at least two semesters of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, genetics or biotechnology at second-year level or above. 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.
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.
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)
  • Techniques in Biotechnology
    Protein Chemistry
  • BioBusiness Management
  • Scientific Communication Skills

Semester 2

  • Proteomics and Genomics
  • Skills in Science
  • Practical Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Thesis A
  • Thesis B

Semester 2

  • Thesis C
  • Thesis D

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

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