Graduate Diploma of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

La Trobe University

This program aims to train students in the key elements of biotechnology and the manipulation of molecular biological data. With a strong emphasis on embedding research skills, the course offers a wide variety of practical experiences in laboratory settings - including intensive short projects, industry visits, and multiple weekly practical sessions. The program also provides opportunities to develop communication and higher-order thinking skills, including analysis, critical inquiry and problem-solving. Second-year students undertake a year-long individual project as a member of a specialised research group, under the supervision of a scientific mentor.

Course Fee:

Australian: $29,800
International: $35,400

Entry Requirements:

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.


The one-year full-time course requires the completion of 120 credit points. Subjects include Techniques in Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Proteomics and Genomics, Bio-Business Management, Science Communication Skills, Skills in Science, and Practical Biotechnology.

Subjects you can Study:

Bioinformatics; Biotechnology

Study Pathways:

If students are enrolled in the Master of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics they can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma after completing their first year; only if they decide not to proceed to the second year.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Related Careers:

Biotechnologist, Life Scientist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Full time 1 year
Melbourne No info No Part time 2 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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