Microbiology and Immunology

    Where will this take me?


    Career outcomes

    After completing this major you might pursue career paths in biosafety and regulation, biotechnology, diagnostics, forensic microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, and vaccine development, and research into a range of infectious diseases, the genetics and pathogenesis of the causative agent, and the immune system in relation to infection, autoimmunity and cancer. Earnings for life scientists, which includes Microbiology and Immunology, are above average and employment for this occupation is expected to grow moderately to 2019.

    Graduate degree pathways from this major


    Completing the Microbiology and Immunology major means you are very well placed for further study in honours and graduate research in a range of science and technology areas. If you wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to graduate research at honours, masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the honours year, a postgraduate diploma or a masters degree will be required as preparation for graduate research.


    If you wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, this major leads to a range of graduate degree pathways:

    • This major leads to graduate programs in Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences that will prepare you for a wide range of health related professions. Graduate pathways advice is available at the Health Hub to help you understand and plan you options for further study.
    • Science and technology-focused graduate study in degrees including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology
    • Further graduate study to develop your skills outside of science and technology in areas such as law, teaching, humanities, business, government.