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Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity)

Study infection and immunity at Sydney Medical School

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Overview

Designed for healthcare professionals, the Master of Science in Medicine (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.
  • 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.
  • The program also provides a solid foundation for the pursuit of a research career.

Who should study this course? 

The Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) is designed for clinicians who are looking to stay abreast of the latest technologies, treatments and techniques in the field of infectious diseases. We also offer a master in medicine program to other health professionals. 

Financing your studies 

  • You only pay for the units of study that you enrol in. This means you will be billed each semester and do not need to pay the entire course fee upfront. 
  • You may be eligible for FEE-HELP. This means your fee payment is deferred through a government loan. 
  • If your studies are related to your employment, out-of-pocket course fees may be tax-deductible. Find out more at the Australian Taxation Office

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

The Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity) consists of 48 credit points (cp), including 24cp of core units and 24cp of elective units. Students will undertake two elective units (12cp) per semester.

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

Students with a minimum weighted average mark of 70 per cent in all core units may obtain approval from the program director to enrol in the dissertation unit of study as an elective unit. Students enrolled in this unit of study will undertake supervised research which is then written up in a dissertation for examination.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

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

  • a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours in science, medical science, nursing, allied health, dentistry, veterinary science or agricultural science from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • a pass bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, and completion of a minimum of 12 months research or work experience in the field of infectious disease and immunology after the completion of the degree.

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.

The academic criteria 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.

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. 

Future study opportunities

Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine)Master of Philosophy (Medicine) 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.

The school is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.

Sydney Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the federal and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.

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 will be able to work in a range of positions, including:

  • 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

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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