Why study Genetics?

We offer the flexibility to study genetics though a variety of courses, including biomedical science, biotechnology and cell biology, conservation biology and ecology, environmental management and ecology, and science.

Our genetics courses include high levels of practical training. We also pride ourselves on our student-centred approach to science teaching and learning.

You will have access to world-class facilities, including the A$100 million La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) and AgriBio, the Centre for AgriBioscience.

Career opportunities

Our students find work in areas such as forensics and identification, ecology and the environment, genetic counselling, pharmaceuticals, species protection, biological pest control and bioethics.

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 years full-time or part-time equivalent4 years

Master of Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

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

Eddie La Marca,
Doctor of Philosophy (Genetics)

"I think that La Trobe is a learning hub of the highest order and I'm very thankful to be a student here."

Genetics 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.