La Trobe University

Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Build on your successes in the Bachelor of Biological Sciences by completing Honours to enhance essential employability skills or take your first step to a career in research, academia and beyond. Mentored by expert staff from La Trobe's School of Life Sciences, you'll develop a variety of scientific techniques by conducting your own research project. To complement your research, essential laboratory, scientific communication and presentation skills established during your undergraduate degree will be consolidated through workshops and exercises. You'll also be exposed to leading edge methodologies as part of a competitive research team. Honours in biological sciences also gives you the opportunity to specialise in the following disciplines: biochemistry (Melbourne Campus) botany (Melbourne Campus) ecology, environment and evolution (Melbourne and Albury-Wodonga campuses) genetics (Melbourne Campus) microbiology (Melbourne Campus) By completing Honours, you'll be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge in your field and, through your professional behaviours, the values that shape the work of a professional scientist.


To qualify for the Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours, students must complete 120 credit points as follows: 15 core credit-points 90 core choice credit-points 15 elective credit-points


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Advanced Skills in Life Sciences
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Framing Identities and Cultures
  • Introduction to Research
  • Probability and Statistics for Data Science
  • Proteomics and Genomics
  • Reviewing the Scientific Literature
  • Techniques in Biotechnology
  • Understanding Learning, Inclusion and Differentiation
  • Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education

Standard entry requirements

  • Non Year 12 - Higher Education study: HE prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant study area. Students are selected based on their performance in the final year of the pass degree course. Students must obtain a minimum average of 60 per cent across all of their third-year subjects and obtain at least 65 per cent in subjects related to the Honours discipline to the value of 60 credit points. Meeting this requirement, however, does not guarantee a place in the Honours year as resources may limit the total number of places available, and students are expected to find a supervisor prior to enrolment.
  • International: IELTS - 6.5 < 6.0 (PG minimum) - 6.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.0.
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (Bundoora) International: $39,000 Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Melbourne (Bundoora).

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Friday, Dec 8 2023

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