Immunology

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.

    Honours
    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

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST1011
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
THTR10019
Clear Speech and Communication
Semester 2 BIO10003
Genes & Environment
MAST10016
Mathematics for Biomedicine
PHYC10007
Physics for Biomedicine
UNIB10017
Our Planet, Our Health
Year 2
Semester 1 BIOM20001
Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
GENE20001
Principles of Genetics
MECM20012
Analysing Professional Communication
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
MIIM20002
Microbes, Infections & Responses
MGMT20001
Organisational Behaviour
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
MIIM30002
Principles of Immunology

MIIM30011
Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology

HPSC30023
Science and Society
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
MIIM30003
Medical and Applied Immunology
MIIM30015
Techniques in Immunology
MGMT30018
Business Communication

*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.

Key/Legend

  Course  Core Subjects   Major  Core Subjects   Other science areas of study to complement the major
  Subjects leading to major   Major Elective Subjects   Breadth Subjects

Immunology Major Handbook page