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Study in Virology is offered in partnership between the Discipline of Infectious Diseases and Immunology in the Sydney Medical School and the Discipline of Microbiology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science. Units of study in this minor are available at standard and advanced level.

About the minor

A minor in Virology will equip you with knowledge and skills relating to the role of viruses in human, animal and plant hosts.

Requirements for completion

A minor in Virology requires 36 credit points, consisting of:

(i) 6 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 1000-level selective units
(iii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iv) 12 credit points of 3000-level core units

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The requirements for a minor in Virology are spread out over three years of the degree.

A sample pathway for the Virology minor is listed below.

Sample pathway: Virology minor (36 credit points)



Units of study


Semester 1 or 2

Selective: CHEM1XX1 Chemistry 1A or BIOL1008 Human Biology (MEDS1X01 only available to students in the medical science stream)          

Semester 2

Core: BIOL1XX7 From Molecules to Ecosystems


Semester 1 or 2

Core: IMMU2101 Introductory Immunology

(BMED2404 or MEDS2XXX only available to students in the medical science stream)

Semester 2

Core: MICR2X22 Microbes in Society

(BMED2405 or MEDS2XXX units only available to students in the medical science stream)


Semester 1

Core: VIRO3X01 Virology

Semester 2

Core: VIRO3X02 Medical and Applied Virology


Please Note. This sample progression is meant as an example only. Depending on unit prerequisites, students may be able to complete these units in a different sequence from that displayed in the table above.

For details of the core and selective units of study required for the minor please refer to the Virology section of the unit of study table, Table S, in this handbook.

Contact and further information


Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Level 5 (East), Charles Perkins Centre hub (D17)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Helen Agus

T +61 2 9351 6043

Dr Jamie Triccas
T +61 2 9036 6582
Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Virology will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of viruses as agents of disease, their function in the ecosphere, abundance and diversity
  2. Define the key characteristics of the classes of viruses that distinguish them from each other
  3. Perform culture, microscopy, diagnostic and molecular techniques used in the modern diagnostic virology laboratory, and explain and critically evaluate the scientific principles behind these important techniques
  4. Have a detailed knowledge of virus virulence mechanisms and their role in invasion, establishment and progression of infection
  5. Know the major causes of important viral diseases in the general community and hospital environments
  6. Explain how viral diseases emerge or re-emerge to impact human and global health
  7. Explain the ways in which important viral pathogens pose a challenge for public health
  8. Be familiar with the measures that have been developed to control viruses and the conceptual basis of the control strategies
  9. Critically evaluate the research literature dealing with pathogenic processes of viruses and epidemiology and apply this knowledge to virology research