Microbiology

Why study Microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of very small organisms and the ways in which micro-organisms affect our lives. Explore how they cause infectious diseases, become drug resistant, contribute to our health, assist us to absorb food, create cheese, make wine and control waste. Studying microbiology involves high levels of practical training as part of a variety of courses.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in food production, hospitals and medical institutes, pharmaceutical companies, environmental science laboratories and animal health companies, working in areas such as bacteriology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, pathology, and virology.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Courses

Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 (February) Semester 1 (February)
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part time. 3 years

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

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Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time, or part-time equivalent. 3 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Graduate Diploma in Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 1 year full-time or up to 2 years part-time 1 year

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

Jenny Stewart,
Bachelor of Science

"My course allows me to study at the La Trobe Bendigo campus as well as the Melbourne campus."

Microbiology placements

Work Integrated Learning programs allows students to undertake placements in a wide variety of settings. Learn more.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.