Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, their diversity and structure, molecular biology, and how they interact with humans and other living organisms in both harmful and beneficial ways.

If you're passionate about making a positive impact on the world, Microbiology at Monash will provide you with the tools to make important scientific discoveries. From the creation of vaccines and the discovery of antibiotics, to the development of recombinant DNA technology, microbiologists have been responsible for crucial scientific breakthroughs.

Microbiology influences a wide range of areas, including human and animal health, the environment, 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, and the use of microorganisms to provide alternative sources of fuel.

In studying this major, you will learn about the range and diversity of microorganisms within the world, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites that inhabit the natural environment, as well as those that colonise human and animal hosts. You will develop an understanding of core microbiological and molecular biological technical principles and methods, and utilise them in laboratory settings.

You will be well equipped for a rewarding career in the fields of biomedical sciences and biotechnology. Employment opportunities may also arise in the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture and food production, diagnostic and analytical laboratories, sales and marketing in the scientific supply industry, and education.

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Extended MajorNote Clayton
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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.