Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

La Trobe University

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

This laboratory-based program aims to give students broad-ranging skills required to excel in the rapidly developing field of biotechnology. The curriculum covers key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data. Students have the opportunity to do a full year of laboratory-based research and participate in multiple weekly practicals. The course has a strong research focus and allows students to work in a specifically designed laboratory, and participate in industry visits and in weekly practicals. Students will spend 25-30 hours in the lab each week during second year. Biotechnology is becoming increasingly central to a variety of industries, including medicine, diagnostics, agriculture, environmental protection, food technology and renewable resources technology.


First-year coursework subjects include Techniques in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics, Bio-Business Management, Recent Advances in Biotechnology, Science Communication Skills, Skills in Science and Practical Biotechnology. Second year focuses on the research thesis and each student is assigned a scientific mentor.


  • Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants must have an Australian Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent), containing at least two years (four semesters) of biology, and include the study of at least two semesters of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, genetics or biotechnology at second-year level or above
  • International students must meet the relevant academic and English language requirements
  • NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Study pathways

Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after completing first year.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne International: $78,000 No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

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