Immunology is the study of the immune system and its defence mechanisms against harmful pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. This field is of immense value to human health, as it provides the basis of why vaccination against deadly diseases works, and also plays a vital role in treating disorders such as allergy, autoimmunity, cancer and transplant rejection.
The study of Immunology at Monash involves both theory and practical class experiences, and lessons are delivered by active researchers or teachers with a deep understanding of the immune system. Upon completion of your studies, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to make significant contributions to this important field.
This major provides a solid grounding in the key aspects of the immune system and its role in health and disease.
You will learn the principal features associated with the structure, development and function of the immune system through a combination of theory- and practice-based work. You will also develop your understanding of the physical, cellular and molecular processes associated with the development of pathologies, including inflammatory, immunological, haematological and neoplastic disorders. Throughout your studies, the role of science and the scientific process in identifying the key questions and challenges associated with immunology will be emphasised.
Immunology can be a standalone subject but also complements many other areas of the biomedical sciences. The knowledge or application of immunology is useful across many areas including the following: academic research; medicine; biotechnology; teaching; government or patent offices dealing with scientific matters. As a graduate you will also be able to educate others in the community about important social issues related to immunology such as vaccination.
This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.