Microbiology and Immunology
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms such as algae, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses. Some microorganisms cause infections, but most live harmlessly and enhance our environment and our lives. Microbiology is a core discipline for most areas of biotechnology.
Immunology is the study of the immune system. The immune system is involved in the defence of the body against infection and tumours. It also plays a role in some unwanted events, including allergies, autoimmunity and transplant rejection.
Honours in Microbiology and Immunology represents a transition from an undergraduate experience taught in a traditional lecture format, to being immersed into a laboratory-based cutting edge research environment. This includes designing and executing experiments, and the analysis, interpretation, presentation and communication of data generated by the research activities. Honours in Microbiology and Immunology provides an opportunity to become directly involved in research that is addressing key questions in the fields of Microbiology and/or Immunology.
The course year starts in February and ends in November and is only available full time.
Intended learning outcomes
- Ability to identify major advances in biomedical research
- Demonstrated skills in writing about research and data using a scientific style of writing
- Ability to communicate research and data in oral presentations
- Ability to read scientific articles and apply critical assessment to the content
- Demonstrate understanding of experimental design and statistics
- Demonstrated ability to generate research data
Last updated: 18 December 2020