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Overview

The next breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and immunopathologies will require a workforce with the skills to understand and use a range of cutting-edge techniques and technologies, to interpret medical and research data, and to translate scientific and laboratory findings into clinical practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) is designed to meet the rapidly growing demand in research and the biomedical industry for graduates who are trained in state-of-the-art clinical laboratory techniques and will equip students for further study or a future a career in the biomedical sciences.

Why study with us

  • You will study the latest techniques, developments and breakthroughs in immunology and its application to the diagnosis and treatment of clinically relevant pathogens.
  • Learn from world-leading medical microbiologists and immunology researchers from across the Faculty of Medicine and Health and its partners including the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.
  • Develop expertise in host-pathogen interactions and immunotherapy.
  • Broaden your horizons in Infection and Immunity by taking one of the elective units of study
  • Learn in a variety of environments including innovative new teaching and learning spaces, teaching and research laboratories, immersive clinical environments and online.
  • Leverage the proximity of our location to leading infection and immunity treatment centres including Royal Prince Alfred Hospital at Camperdown and Westmead Hospital – part of the largest hospital complex in the southern hemisphere.

Who should study this course?

The Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) is suitable for recent science and health graduates as well as established scientists or clinicians who want to advance their careers in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. It is also suitable for those wishing to upgrade from the embedded Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity). This degree will allow you to hone and expand your skills and knowledge of the host response to pathogens in a range of careers and settings related to infection and immunity. 

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

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 requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

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. 

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 - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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. 

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 - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

In the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) you’ll study 36 credit points of subjects, including two 6 credit point core units in Clinical Laboratory Science and Principles in Immunology.

You will also complete up to 24 credit points of stream selective units spanning Virology, Bacteriology, Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy. Alternatively, complement your studies with an elective in Global Control of Infectious Diseases or another 6 credit point elective of your choice.

Example only:

                  CORE

 SELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

Clinical Laboratory Science

Principles in Immunology

Advanced Medical Bacteriology

Virology and Cell Technology

Global Control of Infectious Diseases

 

 

Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy

 

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher award in science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science or a health-related discipline from the University of Sydney, or qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent;
  • Or completion of embedded Graduate Certificate. 

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents. 

Note: The 2021 Handbook will be available on the 19th November, 2020.

Course opportunities

Outstanding students who complete the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) will be eligible to apply for enrolment into the Master of Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity).        

Career pathways

Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity) will have deep and broad knowledge of the host immune response to infection. They will be versed in the research literature and laboratory techniques related to the containment, diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease. They will be able to adopt an evidence - based approach in clinical laboratories, and in non-clinical settings. 

Contact the course coordinators

Associate Professor Scott Byrne - scott.byrne@sydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Tina Hinton - tina.hinton@sydney.edu.au

Dr Megan Steain - megan.steain@sydney.edu.au

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