Faculty of Science

Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases

How to apply

In addition to the attachments required in the application form applicants who are not graduates of this University must submit an original transcript or certified copy of their academic record for all tertiary qualifications to date.

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Key information

Program Director

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Important dates


February 2013

Application closing

December 2012

Late applications are considered.

If you want an exciting career that  stimulates you, challenges you, and rewards you, then a postgraduate degree in science sets you on the right path.

This Graduate Diploma provides an avenue for further study under certain circumstances, if: 

  • You want proceed to Master's candidature
  • You want an advanced qualification in a specific area of expertise
  • You are ineligible for entry to Honours at UWA

Course outline

This course addresses the emergence of new diseases and the re-emergence of diseases previously thought to be under control, as well as the effect of global climate change and the changing international security environment under the spectre of bioterrorism.

Course Director, Professor Geoff Shellam has a strong academic and research background within this field. Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall is also a valued member of staff within the program.

Together, Professor Geoff Shellam and Professor Barry Marshall, as co-directors of Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training, will bring a host of resources to the program. This close affiliation with The Marshall Centre will give students access to state of the art facilities and the Nobel Laureate himself.

The course provides advanced training in the field of infectious diseases, including topics in Medical Microbiology, Tropical Infectious Diseases, Public and Environmental Health Microbiology. It is aimed at science based and medical professionals intending to work in medical clinics, hospital diagnostic laboratories, government health departments and international agencies.

Core units

See Important Dates for more information about when semesters begin and end.

Semester One
Semester Two

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in the biomedical, biological or related areas of science or an equivalent degree; or
  • A Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or equivalent qualification; or
  • A Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) or equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants with applied science and public health degrees (e.g. Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Epidemiology, Public Health) are also eligible for entry to the course.

English Language Competence

All applicants for UWA coursework programs must demonstrate a minimum level of English Language Competence.

Course enquiries

Olga Eley, Administrative Officer
Telephone: (+61 8) 9346 2245
Email: InfectiousDiseases@uwa.edu.au