Microbes are organisms too small to be seen without a microscope and Microbiology is the study of these organisms and the role they play in health and disease and the environment.

Introduction

A major in Microbiology and Immunology covers a range of fields, from immunology, which studies how the body's immune system protects itself from infectious disease, to microbial genetics and genetic engineering and the environment.

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Course description, features and facilities

Your studies will teach you how microbiology can be applied in areas as diverse as medicine, food spoilage, control of environmental pollution and space science. You will receive a thorough grounding in the scientific basis of the discipline and its applications in the real world. As a graduate, you will be eligible for a membership of Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM), the national scientific and employment body of the profession.

To complement your lectures from renowned experts in their various fields, you will have the chance to discuss, apply and expand on the theory of your unit in weekly practical laboratory classes and structured tutorials. The Microbiology and Immunology course at UWA is distinguished by the embedding of the discipline's research strengths in Virology, Bacteriology and Immunology. Moreover, this embedded research is taught by the very people doing the research which in turn becomes part of the communication embedding.

Visit the Science website for further information on careers in science, graduate profiles, scholarships and the benefits of choosing science at UWA.


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Student profile – George Mercer

Progressing through the Microbiology and Immunology major is like discovering a whole new world that you never knew existed.

It’s fascinating to learn how the complex relationships between bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes impact our everyday lives, but also how we can harness their capabilities to solve the perpetual problems of a growing population. From the effective clean up of oil spills to creating new pharmaceuticals, the potential for microbes to change our world is huge, and with the dawn of next generation sequencing and genetic modification there has never been a more exciting time to be part of this field.

My second major in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was an excellent complement, providing an extended understanding of concepts and skills, as well as a boost to scientific communication which I would recommend to any science student.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

As a graduate, you will be eligible for a membership of Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM), the national scientific and employment body of the profession.

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Career opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates exist in a wide range of areas. These include the health care industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and biomedical research institutes, environmental science, the mining industry, biotechnology companies, private laboratories and the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories. Other options include further studies and employment in both research and clinical positions in public health, agricultural, veterinary and university laboratories and the CSIRO.

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Further study opportunities

Students with a Microbiology and Immunology major can pursue further studies at honours or postgraduate level. Other further study options include the Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases, Master of Infectious Diseases, or the Master of Science Communication .

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)
29

Additional information

If you do not have a pass in Mathematics Applications ATAR you will need to do additional mathematics study during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Chemistry ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
  • A score of 4 or above in HL Chemistry

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Microbiology and Immunology: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley, Albany (selected Level 1 units)
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
No
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Science
Science Student Office Agriculture Central building, Crawley campus
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(+61 8) 64887333
Additional information