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BSc Microbiology and Immunology

Catalog id : 002153M
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
March

 Tuition fee

International
15000 AUD
National
15000 AUD

Application fee

International 29 AUD
National 29 AUD
Department
Faculty of Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)79
SAT (avg)577
33

World University Ranking

About this course

  • Studies in this discipline are available in both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
  • Life on earth began with, and continues to depend on, the activities of micro-organisms, most of which are beneficial. However, some micro-organisms can cause infections, with potentially disastrous outcomes. While the immune system has evolved to control harmful micro-organisms, it can, sometimes, inflict damage on its host. Infectious disease is still responsible for many deaths and much suffering worldwide. Never has there been a better time to learn about micro-organisms and their incredible ability to adapt, evolve and survive; and our immune system that controls infections and provides immunity against those micro-organisms that cause harm.
  • This major offers two specialisations: Microbiology, and Infection and Immunity. The Microbiology specialisation explores infectious micro-organisms and the infections they can cause, whereas Infection and Immunity combines the study of infectious disease with the response of the immune system to pathogenic micro-organisms. Additionally, in this major you will develop the ability to acquire, analyse and apply information from multiple sources, both within and beyond the laboratory.

Careers:

This major will open up career opportunities in areas including:

  • Biosafety and regulation
  • Biotechnology
  • Diagnostics
  • Forensic microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Vaccine development.

You may also choose to undertake research in related areas such as:

  • Autoimmunity
  • Cancer
  • Infectious diseases
  • The genetics and pathogenesis of the causative agent
  • The various outcomes of the immune system in a setting of infection.

The Microbiology and Immunology major is also an ideal undergraduate area of study for students wanting to enter graduate schools in medicine and allied health.

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Eligibility Criteria

Qualification:

Australian Year 12

  • Domestic students: 2017 Minimum ATAR 85.00
  • Domestic students: 2016 Clearly-in Rank 85.00
  • International students: 2017 Guaranteed ATAR 85.00
  • VCE (units 3 and 4) prerequisite subjects-A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics, and in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics; OR A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and at least 25 in both Mathematical Methods (CAS) and Specialist Mathematics

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

  • International students: 2017 Guaranteed IB score-31
  • IB prerequisite subjects-English, Mathematics (or Further Mathematics), and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, OR English, Mathematics and Further Mathematics

GCE A Levels/Singapore A Levels

  • International students: 2017 Guaranteed score-BCC
  • A Level prerequisite subjects-Mathematics and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics and at least Grade C in an accepted AS Level English subject

Trinity College Foundation Studies

  • Trinity College Foundation Studies-80
  • TCFS prerequisite subjects-EAP (a score of at least 50%),English, Mathematics 1, and oneof Biology, Chemistry or PhysicsOR EAP (a score of at least 50%),English and both Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 2

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Course Modules

Year1

Semester 1

  • BIOLOGY OF CELLS AND ORGANISMS
  • CHEMISTRY 1
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE
  • BREADTH

Semester 2

  • GENETICS & THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE
  • CHEMISTRY 2
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE
  • BREADTH/SCIENCE ELECTIVE

Year2

Semester 1

  • PRINCIPLES OF MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY
  • BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE
  • BREADTH

Semester 2

  • MICROBES, INFECTIONS AND RESPONSES
  • TECHNIQUES IN MOLECULAR SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE
  • BREADTH

Year3

Semester 1

  • MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY: BACTERIOLOGY
  • TECHNIQUES IN MICROBIOLOGY
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE
  • BREADTH/SCIENCE ELECTIVE

Semester 2

  • MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY: VIROLOGY
  • CELL SIGNALLING AND NEUROCHEMISTRY
  • SCIENCE ELECTIVE
  • BREADTH

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How to Apply

Studying Year 12 in Australia

  • You should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Full details about the VTAC application process can be found on the VTAC website. Through VTAC, you can list up to 12 course preferences. You should list courses in your order of preference with the course of greatest interest listed first. Be sure that your application is finalised by the VTAC due dates.
  • If you have previously applied to the University of Melbourne via VTAC but were not offered a place or were offered but never enrolled, you should apply as a new student.
  • If you're studying interstate, you can find more specific application information for your state in one of our application flyers: NSW/ACT QLD SA TAS WA

Current University of Melbourne international students

  • If you're an international student currently studying at the University of Melbourne and you wish to transfer to another University of Melbourne course, you must submit your transfer application via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Be sure that your application is finalised by the VTAC due dates.

All other international students

  • You can apply online using our e-application.
  • Please ensure your application is received by us before the relevant deadline. An application fee of AUD$100 applies. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply in person in your own country, we have a number of overseas representatives in a variety of countries. Search our list of overseas representatives to find one near you.
  • If you have accepted an offer from another institution in Australia, been granted a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and want to transfer to the University of Melbourne within the first six months of study you will need a letter of release from that institution. Please see our International Student Transfer Policy for more details.
  • International Baccalaureate and US Advanced Placement students
  • You can choose to have your IB or AP results sent directly to the University as soon as they are released. Please make sure you advise us in your application if you have authorised the release of your results.
  • University of Melbourne AP institution code: 9015
  • University of Melbourne IB institution code: 002406

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