Biochemistry and molecular biology

Why study biochemistry and molecular biology?

Biochemistry and molecular biology are where biology and chemistry meet.

Study cell and molecular biology, disease, cell death and ageing, immunology, biotechnology, DNA and protein chemistry, metabolism and drug and vaccine development. Our courses have lots of practical training and field trips.

Biochemistry and molecular biology can be taken as a major in the Bachelor of Bioscience or studied as part of many other science degrees.

Students have access to some of the best teaching and research facilities in the world with the completion of the new $100 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) building.

Career opportunities

You will be prepared for a career in many areas related to biomedical research, molecular cell biology and biotechnology.

Our students find work in government organisations, research institutes and private industry.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


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Doctor of Philosophy

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 4 years4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Master of Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 2 years1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time

Ju Lin Tan,
Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry)

"I have a strong interest in research and La Trobe is able to provide me with resources and assistance."

Biochemistry and molecular biology placements

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.