Master of Microbiology in Australia

Master of Microbiology in Australia

Master of Microbiology in Australia
Rosmit GyawaliMon Mar 14 2022

A Master of Microbiology in Australia is a 1-2 year course that covers a range of fields from immunology, which deals with the body's immune system and its mechanism in protecting itself from infectious disease, to microbial genetics, genomics and genetic engineering.

This program can lead to career opportunities as- 

  • Microbiologist
  • Quality control analyst
  • Laboratory technician
  • Water quality scientist
  • Soil scientist
  • Food technologist/microbiologist
  • Customs and quarantine officer

While limited Australian universities offer Masters in Microbiology, plenty of them offers other closely related degrees such as Master of Biotechnology, Master of Biochemistry, Master of Molecular Biology and so on. 

Why study Master of Microbiology in Australia?

  • Less demanding entry requirements.
  • Upon graduation, you can work in Government departments and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), along with non-profit organisations, Biotechnology companies, Pharmaceutical companies etc. 
  • GRE/GMAT scores are not required.
  • The average salary of a microbiologist with a master's degree in Australia is AUD 72,400. 

Best Universities for Microbiology in Australia

According to US News and World Report, these are the leading universities in Australia to study Master of Microbiology.

Global Ranking

University

Location

11

University of Melbourne

Parkville, Australia

21

University of Queensland Australia

Brisbane, Australia

53

Monash University

Clayton, Australia

56

University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

123

University of New South Wales

Kensington, Australia

129

Murdoch University

Murdoch, Australia

167

University of Western Australia

Crawley, Australia

Masters in Microbiology Tuition fees 

This is the tuition fee for a microbiology degree in Australia at a graduate level for international students. 

University

Annual tuition fees in AUD

University of Tasmania

30,950

University of Western Australia

41,200

RMIT University

37,440

University of Swinburne Technology

38,110

University of New South Wales, Sydney

45,600

Monash University

23,350 for a 6-month graduate course

University of Queensland

42,936

Masters in Microbiology Requirements for international students in Australia

Application Checklist

  • Transcripts, character certificates and provisional certificates of +2 and Bachelor 
  • English Language Scores- Should be valid
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Experience letter for gap
  • Up to date Resume/CV
  • 1-3 Letter of Recommendations if asked by the university
  • Identification documents like passport
  • Application fees

University Specific Entry Requirements

University of New South Wales

  • Course Name: Master of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 90
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or closely related degrees with a minimum of 65%. 

Monash University

  • Course Name: Graduate Certificate in Applied Genomics
  • Course Duration: 0.5 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 79, minimum 12 in listening, 13 in reading, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing. 
    • PTE: Overall 58, minimum 50
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or closely related degrees with a minimum of 65%. 
  • Intakes: February and July

University of Tasmania

  • Course Name: Master of Applied Science (Microbiology)
  • Course Duration: 1.5-2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6, minimum 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 72, minimum 16 in listening, 16 in reading, 18 in speaking and 22 in writing. 
    • PTE: Overall 50, minimum 50
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or closely related degrees from an Australian institute or other international platforms. 

University of Queensland

  • Course Name: Master of Molecular Biology
  • Course Duration: 1-2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 87, minimum 19 in listening and reading, 19 in speaking and 21 in writing. 
    • TOEFL PBT: Overall 570
    • PTE: Overall 64, minimum 60
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biological chemistry etc., with a minimum GPA of 5.0 on a 7.0 Scale.
  • Intakes: February and July

University of Western Australia

  • Course Name: Master of Infectious Disease
  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • English Test Scores: 
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0
    • TOEFL: Overall 82, minimum 22 in writing, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and listening. 
    • PTE: Overall 64, minimum of 59 in speaking and writing and 54 in listening and reading
  • Academic Requirements: Applicants need to pass a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology or closely related degrees with a minimum of 65%. 

RMIT University

  • Course Name: Master of Biotechnology- Clinical Microbiology
  • Course Duration: 2 years
  • Cut-Off English Test Scores:
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each band
    • TOEFL: Overall 79, minimum 21 in writing, 13 in reading and 12 in listening and 18 in speaking
    • PTE: Overall 58, minimum 50 in each band
  • Academic Requirements: A Bachelor's degree or graduate certificate in biotechnology, microbiology or other related areas. 
  • Intakes: February and July

Scholarships

University

Scholarship name

Scholarship Information

University of Queensland

Science International Scholarship

Eligibility: Financial hardship, academic excellence

Value: AUD 3,000

International Scholarship in Conservation Biology

Value: Up to AUD 10,000

Edwin Munro Scholarship in Agricultural Science

Value: At Least AUD 2,000

University of Melbourne

Graduate Research Scholarships

100% tuition fee waiver

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Up to 100% fee waiver

Melbourne Mobility Awards

Up to AUD 6,000

Scope after MS in Microbiology in Australia

After completing a Masters in Microbiology in Australia, you might start your career broad range of sectors like-

  • Medical and public health microbiology in hospitals
  • Private pathology laboratories
  • Government health services

Alternatively, you can also find jobs as a technical representative for laboratory supply houses, in the pharmaceutical industry, in sterility testing and quality control, and in wine brewing. 

Microbiology professionals have been employed by organisations such as:

  • State and Federal government
  • CSIRO
  •  London School of Tropical Medicine,
  • Science New Zealand
  • Dorevitch Pathology
  • CSL Limited
  • Pfizer Incorporated
  • GV Health
  • Australian Government Analytical Laboratories
  • Sydney Water
  •  Mauri Foods Research and Procter and Gamble
  • AgResearch Limited

Microbiology jobs and salary in Australia:

Job Title

Range (AUD/year)

Average (AUD/year)

Transgenic Technologist

48k - 70k (Estimated *)

57,416

Microbiologist

41k - 167k (Estimated *)

67,815

Clinical Research Associate (CRA)

50k - 89k (Estimated *)

67,109

Immunologist

44k - 82k (Estimated *)

61,045

Laboratory Manager

42k - 71k (Estimated *)

54,465

Business Development Director

83k - 162k (Estimated *)

118,005

Virologist

49k - 82k (Estimated *)

64,175

Research Scientist

42k - 72k (Estimated *)

55,019

Research and Development (R&D) Lab Technician

42k - 65k (Estimated *)

52,575

Bioinformatician

40k - 78k (Estimated *)

51,902

Quality Assurance Manager

60k - 100k (Estimated *)

78,812

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist

39k - 69k (Estimated *)

52,135

Analytical Biochemist

76k - 130k (Estimated *)

101,191

Senior Policy Analyst

60k - 94k (Estimated *)

82,243

 

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