La Trobe University

Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
1 year
Annual tuition fee (A$)
35 400
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

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Academic entry requirement

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.

Career outcomes

Biotechnology and bioinformatics are rapidly growing fields worldwide. You can work in biotechnology enterprises in Australia and overseas.

Fees and scholarships

Annual tuition fee (A$)

35 400


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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

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.

CRICOS code: 049586J