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A minor in Virology will equip you with knowledge and skills relating to the role of viruses in human, animal and plant hosts.

Students are introduced to viruses, their distinctive biology, their role in the biosphere and as etiological agents for some of the most important human diseases.

This minor is designed to introduce students who have a basic understanding of molecular biology to the rapidly evolving field of virology. Viral infection in plant and animal cells and bacteria is covered by an examination of virus structure, genomes, gene expression and replication.

Building upon these foundations, this minor progresses to examine host-virus interactions, pathogenesis, cell injury, the immune response to viral infection, emerging viral infections of global importance, and new approaches to the prevention and control of infection and outbreaks in the human population.

Students taking the minor will acquire the fundamental skills required for working safely with viruses through hands-on practical classes that draw on current research platforms at the University of Sydney. Students are challenged with current topics and findings in the field of virology and provided with forums to develop their critical thinking capabilities and communication skills.

Graduate attributes

Students who graduate from Virology will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of viruses as agents of disease, their function in the ecosphere, abundance and diversity
  2. Define the key characteristics of the classes of viruses that distinguish them from each other
  3. Perform culture, microscopy, diagnostic and molecular techniques used in the modern diagnostic virology laboratory, and explain and critically evaluate the scientific principles behind these important techniques
  4. Have a detailed knowledge of virus virulence mechanisms and their role in invasion, establishment and progression of infection
  5. Know the major causes of important viral diseases in the general community and hospital environments
  6. Explain how viral diseases emerge or re-emerge to impact human and global health
  7. Explain the ways in which important viral pathogens pose a challenge for public health
  8. Be familiar with the measures that have been developed to control viruses and the conceptual basis of the control strategies
  9. Critically evaluate the research literature dealing with pathogenic processes of viruses and epidemiology and apply this knowledge to virology research
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