Microbiology and Immunology

Life on earth began with, and continues to depend on, the activities of microorganisms, most of which are beneficial. However, some microorganisms can cause infections, with potentially disastrous outcomes.

While the immune system has evolved to control harmful microorganisms, it can, however sometimes inflict damage on its host. Infectious disease is still responsible for many deaths and much suffering worldwide. Never has there been a better time to learn about microorganisms and their incredible ability to adapt, evolve and survive; and our immune system that controls infections and provides immunity against those microorganisms that cause harm.

This major offers two specialisations, these being Microbiology and Infection and Immunity. The Microbiology specialisation explores infectious microorganisms and the infections they can cause, whereas the Infection and Immunity specialisation combines the study of infectious disease with the response of the immune system to pathogenic microorganisms.

This major is available in the Bachelor of Biomedicine and the Bachelor of Science.

  • Career Options

    Graduates can pursue careers in epidemiology, diagnostics, forensic microbiology, vaccine development, molecular biology, biotechnology, and biosafety and regulation. You can also undertake further research into a range of infectious diseases, the genetics and pathogenesis of the causative agent, and the various outcomes of the immune system in a setting of infection, autoimmunity and cancer.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Biomedicine graduates with a Microbiology andf 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 Plans

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Microbiology and Immunology Major, Infection and Immunity Specialisation

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST1011
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
UNIB10006
Critical Thinking with Data
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
BCMB20005
Techniques in Molecular Science
EDUC20073
Relating Health and Learning
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
MIIM20002
Microbes, Infections & Responses
UNIB30002
Drugs That Shape Society
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
MIIM30011
Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology
MIIM30002
Principles of Immunology
UNIB30002
Global Health, Security & Sustainability
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
MIIM30014
Medical Microbiology: Virology
MIIM30015
Techniques in Immunology
UNIB30005
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.

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

Bachelor of Biomedicine - Microbiology and Immunology Major, Microbiology Specialisation

Year 1
Semester 1 BIOL10002
Biomolecules & Cells
MAST1011
Experimental Design & Date Analysis
CHEM10006
Chemistry for Biomedicine
PHIL10002
Philosophy: The Big Questions
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
PHIL20039
The Nature of Reality
Semester 2 BIOM20002
Human Structure & Function
MIIM20002
Microbes, Infections & Responses
MULT20011
Communicating Science & Technology
Year 3
Semester 1 BIOM30002
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
MIIM30011
Medical Microbiology: Bacteriology
MIIM30016
Techniques in Microbiology
EDUC30065
Ethics, gender and the family
Semester 2 BIOM30001
Frontiers in Biomedicine
MIIM30014
Medical Microbiology: Virology
GENE30005
Human and Medical Genetics
PHIL30047
Objectivity and Value

*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

Microbiology and Immunology Major Handbook page