Infection sciences

Infection science focuses on such areas as clinical microbiology, immunology, parasitology and virology.

If you work in infection sciences, you’ll study the culture and identification of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that cause infection and disease, including infectious diseases.

Working life

Within a wider public health role, you will also work in the prevention and control of epidemics and your work may involve susceptibility testing of the infectious pathogens to antimicrobial drugs, such as antibiotics, that will guide the treatment of patients.

You’re most likely to be hospital based, and will spend most of your time working in a pathology laboratory, using a broad range of sophisticated, innovative techniques, such as the molecular detection of pathogens.

Who will I work with?

You’ll work as part of a broader team of staff including other healthcare science staff, doctors specialising in areas such as immunology (including biomedical scientists) and infection control nurses.

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