Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 049585K

Level of study: Postgraduate


Step into an exciting and fast-growing area of science.

La Trobe's Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics will give you skills and knowledge that can be applied to current and emerging technologies in human health, diagnostics, sustainability, food security, renewable energy and more. Biotechnology combined with informatics makes use of the huge, rational data sets provided by the 'omic' sciences. These offer significant opportunity for research, 'data mining' and innovation in health and Artificial Intelligence.

You'll learn:


Learn how to use and apply commonly available bioinformatics software programs to address biological problems.

Practical biotechnology

Enhance your practical skills in contemporary molecular biology applications.
Learn about cloning, protein expression, protein purification and immunoblotting.

Scientific communication skills

Build your expertise in report writing and data presentation while gaining knowledge of copyright, plagiarism, databases, journals and online resources.

Proteomics and genomics

Gain theoretical experience in advanced technologies such as CRISPR-mediated gene editing, next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry.

Protein chemistry

Carry out a range of laboratory techniques to purify and characterise protein preparations.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.


Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing areas in science. With a high demand for skilled graduates, you'll be well placed to pursue roles like:


  • Work in biopharmaceutical research and development to design and construct biological systems to produce medically relevant products.
  • Keep abreast of new strategies in the field of molecular biology.
  • Analyse, report and document data.
  • Contribute to the production of technical notes or the dissemination of findings.


  • Work with different researchers on a variety of projects.
  • Advise stakeholders on study, design and interpretation of data.
  • Communicate study findings to researchers clearly and effectively.
  • Prepare figures for publication.

Research assistant

  • Perform and analyse experiments, develop assays, provide technical support to the research team and manage the day-to-day running of the laboratory.
  • You may choose to work in the biotechnology sector, a university or a research Institute.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
39,000 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 2 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria


WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 60%

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

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.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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