What will I learn?

Microbiology covers a range of fields from immunology, which studies how the body's immune system protects itself from infectious disease, to microbial genetics and genetic engineering. Your studies can be applied in areas as diverse as medicine, food spoilage, control of environmental pollution and space science. You'll receive a thorough grounding in the scientific basis of the discipline and its applications in the real world. As a graduate, you will be eligible for a membership of Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM), the national scientific and employment body of the profession.

The Microbiology and Immunology course at UWA is distinguished by the embedding of the discipline's research strengths in virology, bacteriology and immunology, and you'll be taught by the people conducting this cutting-edge research. You will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials. Your studies will give you a thorough understanding of the role, importance and impact of microbes. You'll develop fundamental techniques in cell and molecular biology, such as culturing techniques for the isolation and characterisation of bacteria, the use of microscopy for the identification of microbes, and data recording. A strong emphasis is placed on applications in biomedicine and biotechnology.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities for graduates exist in a wide range of areas. These include the health care industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and biomedical research institutes, environmental science, the mining industry, biotechnology companies, private laboratories and the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories. Other options include further studies and employment in both research and clinical positions in public health, agricultural, veterinary and university laboratories and the CSIRO.

Further Study

Students with a Microbiology and Immunology major can pursue further studies at postgraduate level. Further study options include the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases, Master of Infectious Diseases (coursework and dissertation) or the Master of Science Communication.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

CRICOS

068916E

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,200.00 (US$ 28,276) per year
AUD $164,800 total course fee

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

Start date

27 July 2020, 22 February 2021

Venue

UWA Albany Centre

35 Stirling Terrace,

ALBANY PO,

Western Australia,

6332, ALBANY, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$41,200.00 (US$ 28,276) per year
AUD $164,800 total course fee

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

Start date

27 July 2020, 22 February 2021

Venue

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Crawley Campus,

35 Stirling Highway,

CRAWLEY,

Western Australia,

6009, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Australian High School (or equivalent). Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Australian High School (or equivalent).

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) - English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English B at HL - Minimum score 5; PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

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Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Monash University
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About this uni

UWA ranks 1st in Western Australia and is one of the top 100 universities worldwide.

  • Ranked 86th in QS World University Rankings 2020
  • Rated five stars for its student-teacher ratio
  • A proud member of the Group of Eight
  • 7 subject areas in world’s top 50-QS Subject Rankings 2018