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The number of discounted places being offered in response to the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief package for the Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity has been reached and applications for discounted and full fee places have closed for Semester 2 2020.

Designed for scientists and healthcare professionals, the Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity analyses the fundamental mechanisms of infectious diseases to find improved ways of combating them.

This program will help participants to increase their knowledge of infectious diseases, infection control and the immune system.

Why study with us?

As an infection and immunity student, you will learn from leading academics in one of the strongest infection and immunity research disciplines in Australia.

In this graduate certificate, 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.

Further study

The Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity is embedded within the Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) and Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity). The master's degrees build on concepts learned during the graduate diploma and graduate certificate and provide additional training in research methodology. You may choose to complete the graduate certificate or use it as a pathway into a master's degree in the discipline, subject to meeting admission criteria.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee


Find out what funding opportunities are available to you.

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

The number of discounted places being offered in response to the COVID-19 Higher Education Relief package for the Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity has been reached and applications for discounted and full fee places have closed for Semester 2 2020.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply. Please check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

This course is currently not available to international students. 

Starting date

What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity is made up of 24 credit points.. You will undertake four core units of study to qualify for the award of the course.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:


Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Infection and Immunity will hold any of the following degrees from the University of Sydney or equivalent:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science  

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

Inherent requirements

Inferent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course. 

Career Pathways

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).

Domestic students

International students

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