Infection and Immunity

Study infection and immunity at the University of Sydney


This program covers a wide range of topics with a focus on understanding the functions of bacterial and viral genes, the mechanisms of viral and bacterial infections, and the mechanisms involved in the generation and regulation of immune responses.

The program also aims to improve understanding of the principles and practices advocated for prevention and 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.

Why study infection and immunity with us?

  • Sydney Medical School has one of the strongest infection and immunity research disciplines in Australia, with a profound understanding of emerging infections and developments
  • Our teachers are top-level academics who provide the very latest information in their respected fields, and
  • Students graduate with experience and training in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques used in infectious diseases and immunology.

Who should study this course?

This course is open to those with both medical and science qualifications with appropriate assumed knowledge (see the course Handbook for details) who have an interest in pursuing clinical research, advancing their career in microbiology/immunology as a hospital scientist, or pursuing a higher degree research career in the field of infection and immunity.

Graduate opportunities

The aim of the course is to produce postgraduates who will be able to demonstrate high level skills enabling them to more quickly advance their careers compared to undergraduate degree holders in healthcare or research programs in infection or immunity anywhere in the world. Graduates of this course will be able to work in advanced positions in the following careers:

  • Microbiologists and immunologists (in hospitals, pathology labs, industry and government departments)
  • Scientists in other fields (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); healthcare 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 healthcare programs (overseas locations).

Course options

Non-award study (single unit enrolment)

It is possible to take almost any unit of study as a non-award student. For more information, please visit Single Unit Enrolment.