Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity)

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

The Master of Science in Medicine (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.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity) consists of 48 credit points (cp), including 24cp of core units and 24cp of elective units of study. All students will undertake two elective units (12cp) in each semester. Students with minimum weighted average mark of 70 per cent in all core units study may obtained approval from the course-coordinator to enrol in the dissertation unit of study as an elective unit. Students enrolled in this unit of study undertake supervised research which is then written up in a dissertation for examination.

Embedded courses

Course outcomes and further study

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); medical officers (in hospitals 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).

Further study

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.

Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.
It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Other study options

Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.

Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/courses/short-courses.php

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity) will hold:
(a) a Bachelor of Science with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a pass bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification and completion of a minimum of 12 months research or work experience in the field after the completion of the degree.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

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

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (a) directly to the University, or (b) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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 Faculty Handbook 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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

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

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.