Why study microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of very small organisms and the ways in which micro-organisms affect our lives. Explore how they cause infectious diseases, become drug resistant, contribute to our health, assist us to absorb food, create cheese, make wine and control waste. Studying microbiology involves high levels of practical training as part of a variety of courses.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in food production, hospitals and medical institutes, pharmaceutical companies, environmental science laboratories and animal health companies, working in areas such as bacteriology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, pathology, and virology.


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

Jenny Stewart,
Bachelor of Science

"My course allows me to study at the La Trobe Bendigo campus as well as the Melbourne campus."

Microbiology 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.