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What will I learn?

The Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) analyses the fundamental mechanisms of infectious diseases to find improved ways of combating them. This program is designed for health science and medical professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of infectious diseases, infection control and the immune system.

Infectious diseases are found all over the world and in many cases present life-threatening risks to humans. As well as increasing resistance to antibiotics, the recurrence of known pathogens and the spread of new ones make infectious diseases a challenge for science. As an infection and immunity student, you will learn from leading academics in one of the strongest infection and immunity research disciplines in Australia.

During this one-year degree, you will study a wide range of topics with a focus on improving your understanding of 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.

Careers & future study

Future study options

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology. Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine. It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

Graduate opportunities

The aim of the course is to produce graduates who will be able to effectively participate in future healthcare or research programs in infection or immunity anywhere in the world. Graduates of this course will be able to work in the following positions: microbiologists and immunologists (in hospitals, pathology labs, industry and government departments); scientists (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); health care 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 health care programs (overseas locations).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$52,500.00 (28,87,789) per year
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $52,500; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

25 June 2022

More details

Start date

1 August 2022


The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

Level 5, JFR (Jane Foss Russell) Building, 160 City Road,


New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An Australian bachelor's degree, master's or PhD from an Australian institution or equivalent. A minimum GPA of 4.5 out of 7.0 which is an approximate Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 percent. This does not guarantee an offer as the places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit.

For international students

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) will hold:

a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional circumstances, the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, has qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award

IELTS: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.5 in each band

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 22 in Writing

Pearsons Test of English: A minimum result of 68 overall and a minimum result of 61 in each band

Application deadline: Jan/31 for Semester 1 and June/30 for semester 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in Australia for graduate employability by the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

  • Consistently placed among the world’s top 50 universities
  • 2 subjects in the world’s top 10 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • 30 subjects among the top 50 - QS 2019 Subject Rankings
  • Sydney is ranked 3rd in the list of the world’s best cities