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Major

Microbiology

Bachelor of Science

Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

You’ll study microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and response to infection.

Learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases. Discover the latest advances in vaccine development from your lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

You’ll focus on immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics. Study bacterial, fungal and viral infections.

Apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals. Gain skills in specialist biomedical and molecular techniques used to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and in the development of new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

The growth in biotechnology, aquaculture and emerging disease threats to plant, animal and human health globally has increased job opportunities for microbiologists. You’ll be equipped for roles in agriculture, environmental, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, food processing and veterinary companies. Studying microbiology can lead to rewarding career opportunities in specialist areas such as forensics, biosecurity and quarantine in government agencies.

Or kickstart your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.

Highlights

9 in the world for biotechnology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2023

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Microbiologist
  • Forensic specialist
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Laboratory coordinator
  • Medical scientist
  • Microbiology team lead
  • Laboratory manager
  • Microbiology laboratory technician

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Cells to Organisms
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Microbes and Human Health

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