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Study Microbiology and Immunology

What can’t be seen matters

Microbes are essential for maintaining life on Earth. They comprise more than 50% of the life-forms on our planet, yet only around 1% have been identified and studied. Infectious microorganisms such as viruses can attack our bodies and we rely on our immune system to protect us. Microbiology, immunology and virology are truly at the forefront of research into life processes, yet there is still so much left to discover.

What does a degree in Microbiology and Immunology involve?

Microbiology and Immunology is an extremely exciting field, and students who choose to study it at Otago will receive high quality teaching, and be exposed to and interact with world-class scientific facilities during lab sessions.

Over the course of their study students will learn about the impact microorganisms have on all forms of life. Students will gain an understanding of the role microorganisms play in our modem world, ranging from food production, agriculture progress, the creation of pharmaceuticals, and much more. Those interested in immunology will learn about different viruses and infections, and how they can be better understood, and then combatted through to the use of modern medicine and research.

Where can a career in Microbiology and Immunology take you?

Students who graduate with a degree in Microbiology are extremely sought after. Graduates will find that their University of Otago degree puts them in a very strong position to enter a wide range of careers.

Not only are graduates suited for research and teaching positions within tertiary institutions, many find themselves working in veterinary laboratories, as members of the biotechnology and agricultural industries, with some even working on making beer! This is just a small selection of the ever-expanding list of career opportunities available to Microbiology graduates.

Undergraduate study in Microbiology and Immunology

The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an interest in microorganisms, viruses, and immunology the opportunity to major in Microbiology as an undergraduate student to gain a Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Microbiology, or a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) majoring in Infection and Immunity.

Microbiology can also be taken as a minor subject in a selection of different undergraduate degrees at the University of Otago.

Further information

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology website has detailed information about studying Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago.

Please get in touch with the Department if you have any questions:

Tel 64 3 479 7734
Email microbiology@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/microbiology