Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
La Trobe University
AUD 39,000 / per year *
Earliest start date
* additional fees may apply
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.
- Learn in high-tech facilities such as the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS).
- Dreaming of a research career? You could apply for a PhD when you graduate, subject to meeting academic entry requirements.
- Enjoy the flexibility to exit this degree early – after successfully completing your first year, you could leave with a Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, or apply for a transfer to our Master of Biotechnology Management.
- Build the skills that employers demand, with course content shaped by industry professionals – such as our subject that teaches you bio-business management.
Use industry-standard bioinformatics software to address biological problems.
- Practical biotechnology
Gain practical skills in PCR, cloning, protein expression, protein purification and immunoblotting laboratory techniques.
- Scientific communication skills
Build your expertise in writing reports and presenting data.
- Proteomics and genomics
Explore advanced technologies such as CRISPR-mediated gene editing, next-generation sequencing and mass spectrometry.
- Protein chemistry
Practice the laboratory techniques used in purifying and characterising protein preparations.
The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to find employment in a range of roles, including:
Work in biopharmaceutical research and development designing products and constructing biological systems.
Collect and interpret data for a range of fields, including genetics and pharmaceutics.
Study microscopic life forms and processes, including their growth, interactions and characteristics.
- Research Assistant
Perform and analyse experiments, provide technical support to research teams and manage the day-to-day running of a laboratory.
Salaries for senior research scientists in biotechnology in Australia can range from an average of $65 000 to upwards of $120 000.*
*PayScale, 2021, Average Senior Research Scientist, Biotechnology Salary in Australia
Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure.
To qualify for the award of Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, students must complete a total of 240 credit points across 2 years.
Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points
- 120 credit points from chosen Core
Year 2 requires the completion of 120 credit points
- 120 credit points from chosen Core choice
Core choice subjects are one or more subject groups you need to select in your course. Core choice subjects may be specific to your course, major, minor, specialisation or other learning requirements.
Students to select one learning pathway from the list below.
- Advanced bioinformatics
- Research project
Scholarships and Funding
Studying overseas can offer you a range of exciting opportunities.
But it’s important you’re prepared for the costs involved. You’ll need to manage tuition fees and costs of living, as well as other potential expenses associated with the overseas study. Here’s the good news: we offer a wide range of scholarships that can help you out.
International study is a big decision, especially when the future can look a little uncertain. So we’ve designed our range of scholarships to give you the support you need in a changing world. Our generous scholarships mean you can access financial support to study with us. From tuition fee reductions to cash grants, these scholarships recognise your achievements and reward your commitment to your future. We’ve increased the range and amount of scholarships we offer, so whether you’re interested in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research, there’s a La Trobe scholarship for you.
La Trobe International scholarships
La Trobe International Scholarships reward your academic excellence by offering up to a 25 per cent reduction on tuition fees for the normal duration of your course.
Destination Australia scholarships
This Australian Government initiative supports new international students to study in regional Australia and is worth up to AU$ 15,000 per year.
If you study at one of our regional campuses, you could be eligible for a one-off payment of AU$ 5,000, which will be deducted from your first-semester tuition fees.
Regional Victoria Experience Bursary
This is a top-up bursary for a prospective international student who is willing to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree in our Regional campuses.
Postgraduate research scholarships
We offer a range of postgraduate research scholarships.
International students undertaking an English for Further Studies (ELICOS) course with La Trobe College Australia (LTCA) followed by an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at La Trobe University.
As well as our scholarships, some international students can be sponsored by overseas governments, organisations or companies.