What will I study?


You’ll leave this major with a detailed understanding of microbiology – the study of microorganisms – and how it applies to a range of areas in the biomedical sciences.

You’ll cover how infectious microorganisms are studied, the diseases they cause and their possible prevention or treatment.

The major also covers the human immune system, how it responds to protect us during infection, and how vaccination works.

Your major structure

You can study this major in the Bachelor of Biomedicine or Bachelor of Science.

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 complete 50 points (four subjects) of study that is deep and specialised in microbiology. To complete this major you will also need to select prerequisite subjects (two 12.5-point subjects) in your second year.

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

Bachelor of Science

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 deep and specialised study in microbiology.

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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