La Trobe University

Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
1 year full-time or up to 2 years part-time
Fees and costs
$29,800 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
This unique course aims to train you in the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data, with a strong emphasis on embedding research skills. The course offers a wide variety of practical experiences in laboratory settings, including intensive short projects, industry visits and multiple weekly practical sessions. The program also provides opportunities to develop your communication and higher order thinking skills, including analysis, critical inquiry and problem-solving.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

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 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.

Career outcomes

Biotechnology and bioinformatics are both rapidly growing fields worldwide. Graduates are likely to find roles in biotechnology enterprises in Australia and overseas such as research institutions, universities, government departments and biotechnology companies.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

$29,800 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018. How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - book a one-on-one consultation - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

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.