Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics From La Trobe University

Program Overview

Be a biotech trailblazer.

The field of biotechnology is vast, varied and rapidly growing. Whether you want to create vaccines or explore genetic modification, we’ll teach you what you need.

In La Trobe's Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, you'll learn to harness new and emerging technologies in human health, diagnostics, sustainability, food security and renewable energy.

Develop the human skills and technical expertise to launch a career in a range of exciting industries. From biological products to pharmaceuticals, agriculture to nutrition: you'll be prepared to work in the fields that rely on this fast-growing area of science.

This degree gives you more than flexibility in your career – it also gives you flexibility in how you study. In your final year, you could take an advanced bioinformatics pathway. Or you could choose the research project pathway instead, enjoying unrivalled access to industry networks and researchers in the field and benefiting from 25-30 hours of laboratory time each week.

If you decide you want to head straight into the workforce, you could even exit with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics after successfully completing the first year of this degree.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 39,000


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79


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Core subjects

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

  • Bio-Business Management
  • Bioinformatics
  • Practical Biotechnology
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Proteomics And Genomics
  • Scientific Communication Skills
  • Skills In Science
  • Techniques In Biotechnology

Academic entry requirement


WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 60%

Specialisation - compulsory: At least two years (four semesters) of biology, including at least two semesters in any of the following areas of study at second-year level or above: biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, cell biology, genetics or biotechnology.

Applicants must have an Australian Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent).

Note: 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.

English language requirement
6.5 IELTS (Academic) with no individual band less than 6.0.

Annual tuition
A$39 000 per 120 credit points.

Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to find employment in a range of roles, including:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Microbiology
  • Research assistant


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