Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Choose Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at La Trobe

A career in biotechnology and bioinformatics places you at the cutting edge of science where molecular biology meets information technology. With a Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, you'll develop the skills and experience you need for an exciting career in this growth industry.

How to apply


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With a strong research focus supported by practical learning, you'll learn advanced bio-manipulation skills, join in small group workshops with your peers and undertake research in our specially designed laboratory. Your full year of mentored independent research prepares you for further study and employment in biotechnology enterprises around the globe. 

Find out why we're a recognised leader in biochemistry and cell biology research. Combine your passion for science and technology and begin a rewarding career solving real-world problems.

Career outcomes

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in science, with a high demand for skilled graduates. Your qualification opens doors to a career in medicine, diagnostics, agriculture, environmental protection, food technology and renewable resources. You could find yourself producing antibiotics, creating vaccines, profiling and cloning DNA, and producing advanced food strains.

Your experience in bioinformatics could see you working as a bioinformatician, scientific programmer or computational biologist.

Many of our graduates go on to further research.

Course information


Melbourne (Melbourne Campus location


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent.

You can opt to exit this course after one year (or part time equivalent) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Please note, you cannot proceed to the second year if you choose this option.


Seminars and lectures on campus during business hours.


The complete course is 240 credit points.

Australian students

$24,040 annual fee based on 120 credit points (2015 indicative course fee).

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

International students

$27,350  per 120 credit points (2015 indicative course fee).

Entry Requirements

Places in this course are extremely limited. Applicants are selected based on CVs and academic records.

Course content

Your studies include practical skill-building subjects in first year followed by a major research project in your second year. You'll spend plenty of time in the lab, participate in small group workshops and work with a mentor on your independent research.

You have the option of completing your studies after one year (or part-time equivalent) and leaving with a Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. 

First year core subjects

  • Techniques in Biotechnology
  • Protein Chemistry
  • BioBusiness Management
  • Scientific Communication Skills
  • Proteomics and Genomics
  • Skills in Science
  • Practical Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics Academic Integrity Module (online) 

Second year core subjects

Four research/thesis subjects covering:

  • a literature review
  • project/research planning
  • assembly of gene(s) or gene product(s) to be studied
  • validation, cloning of novel genes or expression and purification of the gene products
  • investigation of the biological and or cellular function of gene(s) or gene product(s)
  • examination of the diagnostic and therapeutic potential of these gene(s) or gene product(s)
  • completion of a thesis.

For full details on course content, see the handbook.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Industry connections

La Trobe is a recognised leader in biochemistry and cell biology research. In the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings, our research output was rated the maximum score of 5 - well above world standard.

Through the Department of Biochemistry and the world-class La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science you'll work closely with leading researchers in some of the best facilities available. 

Featured staff

Dr Megan Maher

Megan Maher is a Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe and Lab Leader at the Maher lab. Her researchfocuses on the structural biology of metals with a focus on X-ray crystallography with recent projects including Metals in Biology, Metals in electron-transfer processand Metal homeostasis – the structures of metal transport proteins. Her publications are numerous, and appear in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, The EMBO Journal and more. Find out more about Megan Maher here.

Dr Suresh Mathivanan

Suresh Mathivanan is an NH&MRC Biomedical Research Fellow and LIMS Senior Research Fellow. With a PhD in proteomics and bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University, USA and Institute of Bioinformatics, India, Dr Mathivanan joined the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research as a postdoctoral researcher in 2008.

Dr Mathivanan received a NH&MRC Peter Doherty fellowship in 2011 to study the exosomes secreted by cancer cells and was awarded a LIMS fellowshop to set up his own research group in that same year. Find out more about Dr Mathivanan's research and see his full staff profile.

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