Immunology examines the defence mechanisms that protect humans against infections and cancers, and draws together studies in immunology, microbiology, biology, biochemistry, pathology and physiology.

Studies in immunology are leading to advances in clinical medicine, including understanding allergies, transplant rejection, auto immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and insulin-dependent diabetes, and the development of new vaccines. In addition, immunological techniques are widely used in disciplines such as biochemistry, endocrinology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics.

The honours year

The honours year in immunology provides you with the opportunity for full-time research on a proposed project supervised by a staff member expert in your selected field.

Throughout your immunology honours year you will receive guidance in research techniques by attending training programs covering experimental design, data analysis, written and oral communication and critical appraisal of the literature. In addition, you attend a supplementary seminar program to keep yourself informed and abreast of wider issues in immunology.

You might find yourself undertaking a project with one of the following research groups: Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunity group, Vascular Biology lab, DNA Repair lab, Molecular Cardiology lab, Mycobacterial Research lab, Centre for Virus Research, Retroviral Genetics lab, among others.

Workload and assessment

In the honours year in immunology you will complete a thesis, research on a chosen topic, an oral presentation of research in the form of a short seminar, and a review of the literature pertaining to the particular research project. You will be assessed on each component. In particular, you will be assessed on all aspects of your research performance, by your supervisor and by two internal examiners who will be scientists familiar with the general field of research, but not directly associated with you or your research lab.

Honours projects

Sydney Medical School's searchable honours project database includes potential honours projects in immunology [link]

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