The immunobiology major examines the defence mechanisms that protect humans against infections and cancers, and draws together studies in immunology, microbiology, biology, biochemistry, pathology and physiology. It is possible to take advanced immunobiology units.

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.

For more information on the program structure and content, view the Science Undergraduate Handbook.

Major outline

To prepare for a major in immunobiology, it is recommended that you take a combination of junior units in biology, chemistry and molecular biology and genetics. It is a good idea to plan ahead and have an idea of which senior units you need to complete, so that you can plan your junior and intermediate prerequisite units accordingly.

It is highly recommended that you take intermediate molecular biology and genetics. Your other intermediate units will depend on which senior units you intend to take.

To successfully complete your immunobiology major you must take 12 credit points of senior study in immunology plus 12 credit points from elective senior units of study in biochemistry, biology, cell pathology, molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, or physiology or virology.

Molecular and Cellular Immunology
Immunology in Human Disease
Medical and Applied Virology
Medical and Applied Virology (Advanced)

Graduate opportunities

Graduates with an immunobiology major may proceed to honours and postgraduate study or they may find employment as immunologists in hospitals, in public and industry research laboratories specialising in immunology, cell biology and biotechnology, and in other biomedical sciences such as pathology, biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and molecular biology.

Further study for major

If you wish to further your study of immunology, there are several options available to you, subject to admission requirements.

There are postgraduate courses in infection and immunology that offer a unique opportunity for those from medical, science or allied health backgrounds to gain the latest knowledge and practical skills in the study of infectious diseases and immunology. Such postgraduate courses are offered at the master, graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels by the Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunology.

If you are interested in exploring your research potential, and are eligible, you might want to consider taking an honours year. In an honours year, you have the opportunity to do full-time research on a project proposed and supervised by a staff member expert in a specialised area of immunology. There is a wealth of project opportunities on offer in varied and fascinating fields for eligible honours students.

Related subject areas

Cell Pathology

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