Honours and Masters by coursework

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Research in the Department

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is a research and research-lead teaching department of the School of Biomedical Science in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. The Department’s research laboratories are located in the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) which is in the heart of the Parkville research precinct on the corner of Grattan street and Royal parade. The Doherty Institute is a centre of excellence where leading scientists and clinicians collaborate to improve human health globally.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Doherty Institute includes global leaders in infection and immunity who are studying infectious agents and the cells of the immune system. The Department delivers specialised courses in bacteriology, virology and immunology along with more generalist infection and immunity subjects. The Doherty institute researchers are focused on key themes in Immunology, viral and bacterial infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions, antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections. The Doherty Institute specialises in research, surveillance, diagnosis, treatment and cure of a range of viral infectious diseases, with a particular focus on HIV, viral hepatitis, Influenza, Dengue, Malaria, Tuberculosis, enteric infections and emerging infections. The Institute also has a strong focus on Public Health, Epidemiology, Translational and Clinical Research, Global Health, Education & Professional Development, Indigenous Health and Genomics.

The Doherty Institute employs more than 700 staff and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology comprises more than 120 academic staff, including 24 full Professors and around 35 research groups that are actively involved in microbiology and immunology research and teaching. The Institute has approximately 140 Honours, Masters and PhD students obtaining high-level research training in microbiology and immunology. The institute contains state-of-the-art facilities for research, including the ImmunoID flow cytometry facility, electron microscopy, an advanced microscopy and in vivo imaging facility that is part of the Biological Optical Microscopy Platform (BOMP) as well as the Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics facility.

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Project Information

Visit the Doherty Institute website for details on the diverse range of research projects that are available for prospective Honours and Masters Students in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity for 2021.

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Doherty Institute Virtual Student Open Day

Thursday 10 September 2020
5:15pm to 6:15pm

Register here

Are you completing your degree with a major relevant to microbiology, immunology or infection & immunity and want to find out about further study?

The world-renowned Doherty Institute is home to the Department of the Microbiology and Immunology and offers Honours and Masters programs with many students continuing on to PhD research at the Doherty

Join us for a course information session to hear from course coordinators who will outline the entry requirements, available projects and supervisors, course structure and further study and career opportunities. In addition, students will provide their insight into the course experience and graduate outcomes.

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Honours applicants who accept and enrol in a place in an FMDHS Honours course will automatically be considered for available Honours Scholarships. These are awarded on academic merit.

Frances Elizabeth Thomson Trust Scholarship
The scholarship is offered to highly-ranked full-time students who have enrolled in an MDHS program through the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) and the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) and demonstrated a level of financial needs. The scholarship will award eligible students with a one-off payment of $5,000.

Projects at External Institutes

It is possible for students to complete their research project with supervisors in affiliated external institutions as well as a co-supervisor within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The Department has historically included students completing projects at the following research organisations:

  1. Burnet Institute
  2. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  3. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
  4. St Vincent's Institute

Projects in external institutions must have a strong focus on immunology or infectious diseases and supervisors should be affiliated with the Department and approved by the Honours coordinators.

Further Information

The following degrees each have an advanced coursework component and a research project and are grouped together on this page for convenience.

Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) following completion of Bachelor of Biomedicine
Bachelor of Science (Honours) following completion of Bachelor of Science
Master of Biomedical Science - A two-year graduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline and a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%), or equivalent. This program is an alternative to the Honours to PhD pathway involving 75 subject points and a 125-point research project.

If you have not already done so, you should familiarise yourself with the structure, entry requirements, fees and scholarships and the application process for your chosen Degree. Information on the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) and the Master of Biomedical Science programs can be found on the Degrees page on the FMDHS Study Hub.

Detailed information for Honours applicants.

Detailed information for Master of Biomedical Science applicants.

Honours in Pathology

Pathology is the scientific study of the nature of disease.

Honours in Pathology provides an introduction to the challenging area of investigation of disease processes at the cellular and molecular level.

Students undertaking Honours in Pathology will be members of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and will undertake a full-time research project based in a laboratory on campus, or at one of our affiliated research institutions.

Watch the Honours in Pathology 2021 Information Session

Honours in Pathology 2021 Information Session slides (PDF 965.3 KB)

Honours in Pathology 2021 Information Session flyer (PDF 464.4 KB)

Hear from the course coordinator who will outline the entry requirements, an overview of the types of projects, the course structure and further study and career opportunities.

How to Apply

Attend the Department information session.

Visit the Doherty Institute website for a list of prospective projects and supervisors.

You need to identify a potential project and supervisor from the list. Read the project description and any recommended publications to ensure that it is the correct choice for you,and then:

contact the Laboratory Head of the Research group and provide them with your curriculum vitae (CV) and academic transcripts.
In some cases, supervisors may be willing to offer you a provisional place in their laboratory (a provisional offer indicates that you have a guaranteed place in the Honours course providing you satisfy all of the entry requirements).

Apply online through the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences website:

1. Honours

2. Master of Biomedical Science

Departmental Contacts

Honours Coordinators

A/Prof Scott Mueller

Ph: 03 834 49044

Email: smue@unimelb.edu.au

Prof Damian Purcell

Ph: 03 834 46753

Email: dfjp@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Amy Chung 

Ph: 03 834 49938

Email: awchung@unimelb.edu.au