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You'll be at the forefront of exciting new developments in modern microbiology and molecular biology with our undergraduate units, honours, postgraduate and graduate research studies in microbiology.

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What is microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, algae and fungi. You’ll learn about their structure, diversity and molecular biology, exploring how they work, what they do, how they cause disease, and how they can be harnessed for human benefit. You’ll also discover how microorganisms interact with humans and other living organisms in both harmful and beneficial ways.

Why should I study microbiology?

Microbiology impacts upon a wide range of areas including human and animal health, the environment, agriculture, food technology and safety, and the biotechnology industry. Today, like no other time in history, the importance of microorganisms can be seen from the impact of infectious diseases throughout the world, the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, the need to better understand the role of the gut microbiome, possibilities afforded through genetic engineering and manipulations, and the use of microorganisms to provide alternative sources of fuel.

Studying microbiology opens up a range of career opportunities in biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, agriculture and food production, and microbiology diagnostic and analytical laboratories. Graduates with training in microbiology find employment in research, academia, teaching, sales and marketing in scientific industries, media and government organisations.

What will I learn about?

  • Molecular microbiology
  • Molecular virology and emerging viral infections
  • Microbes in health and disease
  • Microbial biotechnology
  • Pathogenesis of bacterial infectious disease
  • Medical microbiology

Find out everything you need to know about studying Microbiology at Monash, including specific subject units, how they can be combined to complete a Major, Extended Major or Minor sequence of study, and where successful completion of this study area will count towards meeting the requirements of a particular degree by reading the Handbook entries below.

Read the Microbiology Handbook entries

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Degree options

Whatever area of study in biomedical science it is that interests you, you can choose to study it as part of a single degree, or in combination with a second degree, or as part of a postgraduate qualification. Explore these options below.

Bachelor of Science

As part of your Bachelor of Science, you can undertake a Major (48 credit points) or a minor (24 credit points) in Microbiology.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science gives you the flexibility to tailor your studies to fit your specific interests. Use your eight elective units to gain more detailed knowledge in one of the key biomedical science areas or broaden your knowledge by studying a unit from other faculties. You can even complete a Major or Minor from an area of study outside of biomedical sciences – for example, by studying a language or finance.

Our Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholars) program recognises your achievements as a high performing student gives you access to a mentoring and a range of activities designed to nurture your potential.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Domestic International Handbook

Scholars Program (Domestic only)

Completing an Honours year

A further one-year Honours program is available to outstanding students in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedical Science degrees. In each case, students will complete a biomedical science research project Visit our Honours pages to find everything you need to know about undertaking an Honours year in a biomedical science discipline at Monash.

Honours in Biomedical Science

Keep your options open and pursue another passion by combining your Bachelor of Biomedical Science with a degree from another discipline. By doing so, you’ll develop expertise in another area of study which can broaden your career options once you graduate.

For full details on entry requirements, fees, and to apply online, visit the Domestic and International sites of Study at Monash, and to understand the full requirements of this course, visit the Handbook.

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Many students who study Microbiology do so as part of their Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Science degree can be combined in many double degree options.

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Domestic International Handbook

Master of Biomedical and Health Science

Discover how to conduct and commercialise your research with the Master of Biomedical and Health Science, and gain a highly sought-after professional skillset that can be applied in research and industry.

Master of Biomedical and Health Science

Master of Food Science and Agribusiness

The Department of Microbiology teaches into the Master of Food Science and Agribusiness. Introduced in 2020 this Masters’ program is unique because it is the only 'post-farm gate'-focused Masters’ in food in Australia. The course addresses the value-addition that occurs along the supply chain, new technologies and trends that impact the business of food marketing, and the all-important interface with consumers.

Master of Food Science and Agribusiness

PhD/Doctoral Program

The Monash Biomedicine Graduate Program is one of Australia’s premier research training programs in biomedical science. We offer world-class PhD training to our students through the Monash BDI. It is a PhD designed to prepare graduates with the skills and capabilities sought by employers, giving you a competitive edge in an ever-evolving employment market.

Monash Biomedicine Graduate Program

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