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Study infection and immunity at Sydney Medical School

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Information for 2021 commencing students

Taking effect Semester 1, 2021, postgraduate students who wish to undertake study in infection and immunity will do so via the new Master of Biomedical Science (Infection and Immunity).

The Master of Science in Medicine (Infection and Immunity) will no longer be offered to new students. The Master of Medicine (Infection and Immunity) will still be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria (i.e. those with an MD).

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.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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 about the funding opportunitites 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. 

Standard 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 (February) 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. 

Standard closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

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

International students

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