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Study Microbiology and Immunology at Otago Medical School

They may be tiny, but the role that microbes and immune cells play in our lives is critical to our survival.

Microbes compose greater than 50% of life forms on our planet, and yet it is estimated that only one per cent have been identified and studied. Their metabolism is essential for maintaining life on Earth.

Equally, when infectious microbes attack our bodies, it is the immune system that kicks into action to ensure our survival.

Why study Microbiology and Immunology?

Microorganisms are everywhere—in our bodies, our food and in the air—and because of this, they’re involved in virtually every aspect of our lives.

Microbiology and Immunology teaches you about:

  • The role of microbes as used in producing foods—such as cheese, wine, and beer—and pharmaceutical, chemical, and agricultural products
  • The harmful effects of some microorganisms on humans and animals
  • How immunologists can artificially protect humans and animals from disease using vaccines
  • The role of the immune system in non-infectious diseases, such as allergies and cancer

More information about studying Microbiology and Immunology

Download the Microbiology and Immunology infosheet (PDF 170 KB) for more information about the following:

  • Background required
  • What a BSc in Microbiology involves
  • Teaching style
  • Career opportunities
  • Postgraduate study

Please contact the Department of Microbiology and Immunology for further information:

Email microbiology@otago.ac.nz
Web otago.ac.nz/microbiology