Microbiology and Immunology

    What will I study?


    This major combines the study of infectious microbial agents – predominantly bacteria and viruses – with the study of immune response. It offers you two specialisations:

    • Microbiology – infectious microorganisms and their infections
    • Infection and Immunity – infectious disease and the response of the immune system to pathogenic microorganisms.

    Your major structure

    Ypu can study this major through the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedicine.


    You will take 10 core subjects (150 points) across your degree that will build an understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences (6 in first year, 2 in second year and 2 in third year).

    In third year you will also complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in Microbiology or Infection and Immunity. To complete this major you will also need to select a pre-requisite subject (12.5 points) in your second year.

    Throughout your degree you will also take elective and breadth (non-science) subjects.


    In your first and second years you will complete subjects that are prerequisites for your major, including biology and foundational microbiology and immunology subjects.

    In your third year, you will complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised study in microbiology and immunology.

    Throughout your degree you will also take science elective subjects and breadth (non-science) subjects, in addition to your major subjects and prerequisites.

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