Microbiology and Immunology

    Where will this take me?


    After completing the Microbiology and Immunology major, you’ll be well placed to move into the workforce, further study, or graduate research.

    Career outcomes

    After completing this major you might pursue career paths in biosafety and regulation, biotechnology, diagnostics, forensic microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology, vaccine development, and research.

    Employers in this field include:

    • Medical research institutes such as WEHI, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute
    • Hospitals such as the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    • Government departments of health, innovation, agriculture and environment
    • Biotech and pharmaceutical companies such as CSL and GSK
    • Academic and public research institutions such as universities.

    Further study

    You can complete an honours year in Microbiology and Immunology as part of yourbachelors degree or you can immediately move into graduate studies.


    If you wish to continue your studies at graduate level, this major is a great lead-in to many specialist science and health degrees. Graduate degrees you could consider include:

    Depending on the subjects you take in your undergraduate degree, a range of other graduate degrees may be possible – in fields as diverse as medicine, science and technology, health sciences, teaching, law, business, humanities and more.


    If you complete an honours year or a masters course with a significant research component, you can go on to study a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), or another graduate research program.

    This will set you up for a rewarding career in research with a university, research institute, hospital or biotechnology company.