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Immunobiology

Major

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.

About this major

FIRST YEAR
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.

SECOND YEAR
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.

THIRD YEAR
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.

EXAMPLE UNITS
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.
Career pathways
Courses that offer this major

The course information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information.

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