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Extended Major

Microbiology, Infection and Immunity

Bachelors of Economics / Science

Dive deep into the complexities of the human immune system to transform the way we treat and prevent disease.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how our immune systems can be harnessed to prevent, treat and cure diseases.

Investigate the role of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites in disease; the molecular basis of immune recognition; and the regulation of immune response in a range of infectious diseases.

Learn immunological techniques for developing vaccines and immunotherapies, as well as practical applications in biotechnology, microbiology, genetics, and cell and molecular biology.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers working in laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place. You'll apply your theoretical knowledge and build your technical skills through practical laboratory sessions and small group tutorials.

You’ll be equipped for a range of opportunities in hospitals, research institutions, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or universities.

Studying immunity and infectious disease will prepare you for further study in the field of medicine or to progress into a research-based honours program.


1 in Queensland for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2021

38 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Research and development manager
  • Management consultant
  • Pathologist
  • Immunologist
  • Medical scientist
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Bioprocess scientist
  • Sales and marketing professional

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology & Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Structure & Function
  • Microbes and Human Health
  • Biomedical Parasitology
  • Global Health and Infectious Disease

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