Immunology is the study of our immune system. The immune system has evolved to defend our body against agents of infection and tumours, but various outcomes of activation of the immune system can cause damage to us.
The incidence of diseases associated with the immune system, such as allergies and autoimmune diseases is increasing and treatment and prevention of many infectious diseases is difficult due to the absence of effective vaccines. Immunology is a rapidly evolving science and new knowledge can be applied to the development and clinical use of new immune based therapies for cancer and infectious diseases, prevention of transplantation responses as well as allergies and autoimmune diseases.
This major describes how Immunology is studied and applied to a range of areas in the biomedical sciences. Additionally, in this major you will develop the ability to acquire, analyse and apply information from multiple sources, both within and beyond the laboratory.
This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.
- Career Options
The Immunology major opens up careers in epidemiology, diagnostics, molecular biology, biotechnology, vaccinology and biosafety and regulation. You can also undertake further research into a range of infectious agents, their genes, the underlying mechanisms of infectious disease and disease associated with the immune system.
- Graduate Pathways
Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Immunology major are very well placed for further study in honours, graduate professional entry degrees or, upon completion of appropriate research training preparation following the Bachelor of Biomedicine, research higher degrees.
Depending on the major undertaken, students may apply for an Honours program upon completion of the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
Graduate Professional Entry Degrees
For students who wish to continue professional studies at graduate level, the degree provides a pathway into a range of graduate professional entry programs, some of which also provide research training.
Research Higher Degrees
For students who wish to explore biomedicine research questions in greater depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level. Research training preparation within the Honours year, Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters degree will be required as preparation for a research higher degree.
MDHS Graduate Pathways advice is available at the Health Hub.
Sample Course Plan
Bachelor of Biomedicine - Immunology Major
|Semester 1|| BIOL10002|
Biomolecules & Cells
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
Chemistry for Biomedicine
Critical Thinking with Data
|Semester 2|| BIO10003|
Genes & Environment
Mathematics for Biomedicine
Physics for Biomedicine
Sustainability in Developing Communities
|Semester 1|| BIOM20001|
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
Principles of Genetics
Relating Health and Learning
|Semester 2|| BIOM20002|
Human Structure & Function
Microbes, Infections & Responses
Body, Mind and Medicine: A Dissection
|Semester 1|| BIOM30002|
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
Principles of Immunology
Science and Society
|Semester 2|| BIOM30001|
Frontiers in Biomedicine
Medical and Applied Immunology
Techniques in Immunology
Living Longer: A Global Diagnosis
*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. Current subject offerings available in the University Handbook.
*The breadth subjects featured in this plan are examples only. You must complete at least four breadth subjects in this degree.
|Course Core Subjects||Major Core Subjects||Other science areas of study to complement the major|
|Subjects leading to major||Major Elective Subjects||Breadth Subjects|