Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity is designed for those who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, infection control and the functioning of the immune system. The course aims to produce graduates who can effectively participate in future health care or research programs in infection or immunity anywhere in the world.

The integrated scientific approach taken in this course will reflect the current state of knowledge regarding infectious microorganisms and their pathogenesis, immunology and the immune responses to infection, and the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases. The course covers the principles and practices advocated for the effective prevention or minimisation of infectious diseases in hospitals and laboratories, among the general community, and during disease outbreaks. It also provides you with training in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques used in the disciplines of infectious diseases and immunology.

The Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity is embedded within the Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) and Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity). The master's degrees build on concepts learned during the graduate diploma and graduate certificate and provide additional training in research methodology. You may choose to complete the graduate certificate or use it as a pathway into a master’s degree in the discipline, subject to meeting admission requirements.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity consists of 24 credit points. Students will complete four core units of study to be awarded the graduate certificate.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The aim of the course is to produce graduates who will be able to effectively participate in future healthcare or research programs in infection or immunity anywhere in the world. Graduates of this course will be able to work in the following positions: microbiologists and immunologists (in hospitals, pathology labs, industry and government departments); scientists (in hospitals, pathology laboratories, industry and government departments); research officers (in tertiary/research institutions, industry and government departments); infection control consultants (in hospitals, nursing homes etc); health care workers (in hospitals, government departments and local councils); infection control and clinical immunology nursing staff (in hospitals, nursing homes etc); hospital epidemiologists; policy makers (in relevant fields); health and safety officers (in tertiary institutions, industry, local/state governments etc); public health officers (in hospitals, government departments and local councils); quarantine officers (at airports, shipping centres etc); aid workers in health care programs (overseas locations).


Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity will hold any of the following degrees: Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery; Bachelor of Medical Science; Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences; Bachelor of Veterinary Science; or Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

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Credit card surcharge

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Potential for inaccuracy

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