Why study botany?

Studying botany at La Trobe allows you to participate in some of Australia's most important and exciting areas of research. The study of plants and related organisms is an important science associated with environmental issues, the development of disease-resistant food and the management of our forest resources.

Study plant ecology, plant pathology, mycology, the ecological physiology of plants, plant biochemistry, plant molecular biology, genetic engineering of plants, and the taxonomy, evolution and biogeography of flowering plants. You can undertake botanical work in places such as Mt Hotham and the Otways by enrolling in one of our field trips.

Choose subjects from other biological sciences (biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and zoology) to gain a firm foundation in botany that is also tailored to your other interests.

Career opportunities

This course will offer broad skills including project design, data collection, data analysis and the preparation of reports.  Graduates are therefore prepared for careers such as research scientists, biotechnologists or conservationists in places such as government organisations, parks and wildlife management, conservation, medical science, horticulture and agriculture.

Short courses

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


Master of Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time2 years

Rufaro Kanjere,
Bachelor of Bioscience (Honours)

"The best thing about studying botany at La Trobe has been the passion and knowledge of the lecturers."

Botany 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.