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The Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry offers world-class teaching across all levels with an emphasis on strong research techniques and practical learning experience.

We offer subjects across a number of areas of study, including:

We also have Bachelor, Honours and Postgraduate degrees, which give students valuable research skills and enables you to work as active members in one of our research groups .

Applying for a degree

If you’re not a year 12 student and have not already applied through VTAC or UAC then you may be eligible to apply directly to La Trobe. You can check whether your course accepts direct applications by reading the 'How to apply' information in the course description. International students can find more information here.

Bachelor's degrees

Students study in the degrees including our Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Biomedicine and Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Business courses. Selected undergraduate degrees are open for direct applications. Apply.


The science Honours or Honours in biochemistry is a fourth year of undergraduate study where students undertake placement in a research laboratory either in the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) or the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute (ONJCRI). During their Honours year, students work independently on their own research project, culminating in their writing and submission of a thesis. Apart from training in a wide range of experimental techniques, students who complete Honours develop advanced skills in critical thinking, communication, presentation, working as part of a team, and time-management. These skills are highly transferable and sought-after by employers from all sectors.

Information on how the program is run and specific project details are available via this LMS site; current La Trobe University students just need to self-enrol to access the page.

Postgraduate degrees

We administer multiple Masters courses including the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Master of Biotechnology Management, Master of Chemical Sciences and Master of Science. We also offer the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Find out more about how to undertake postgraduate coursework study, or a graduate research degree in our world-class facilities. Learn more about our research specialisations and current projects.


Study a Diploma as an entry-level course that will lead you to further study.

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