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Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this minor, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This minor will add depth to your biological sciences knowledge and equip you with essential technical skills to enhance your employability or prepare you for a career in research.

Highlights

7 in the world for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

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:

  • Economic consultant
  • Management consultant
  • Microbiology laboratory technician
  • Microbiology team lead
  • Laboratory coordinator
  • Research and development manager
  • Laboratory manager

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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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

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