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Study in Immunobiology is offered by the Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunology in the Sydney Medical School. Units of study in this major are available at standard and advanced level.

Program structure and content

Immunobiology is the study of defence mechanisms that protect individuals against infections and cancers. Immunobiology draws together immunology and biology, microbiology, biochemistry, pathology and physiology. Studies in immunology are leading to advances in clinical medicine, including understanding allergies, transplant rejection, autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and insulin-dependent diabetes, and the development of new vaccines.

First year planning for a major in Immunobiology

Recommended: A combination of Junior Biology, molecular biology and genetics, and Junior Chemistry.

Requirements for a major

For a major in Immunobiology, the minimum requirement is 24 credit points comprising:
(i) IMMU3102/3902 Cellular and Molecular Immunology and IMMU3202/3903 Immunology in Human Disease; and
(ii) Any two of the Senior units listed in this subject area


Students undertaking Honours do so in specific projects such as Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Immunology and Microbiology.

Contact and further information


Associate Professor Allison Abendroth

T +61 2 9351 6867

Dr Scott Byrne
T +61 2 9351 7308

Dr Carl Feng
T +61 2 9351 6177

Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Room 667, Blackburn Building D06
University of Sydney
NSW 2006