Through the University of Melbourne, the Doherty Institute offers undergraduate and graduate courses.


The Department of Microbiology and Immunology delivers specialised coursework in the areas of bacteriology, virology and immunology along with more generalist infection and immunity subjects.

The Doherty Institute has also partnered with the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences to develop a new ‘One Health’ undergraduate breadth subject, Our Planet Our Health.

Research projects

Research projects are available through the University Departments represented in the Institute, including the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Department of Medicine and the Doherty Department.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology is a research and research-led teaching department of the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. Researchers are focused on key themes in Immunology, viral and bacterial infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions, antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections.

The Department of Medicine sits within the Melbourne Medical School and offers projects through the Doherty Institute that focus on malaria, global health, maternal and child health, and infectious diseases.

The Doherty Department focuses on HIV and clinical and translational research in infectious diseases across Indigenous health, public health and host genomics.

Students will generally be based at the Doherty Institute, however, in certain cases, they may be based at affiliated institutes with a co-supervisor at the Doherty Institute, including (but not limited to) the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Sequiris.

Download our 2019 Research Project booklet.

Contact details

Honours coordinators

Associate Professor Scott Mueller
Phone: (03) 8344 9044
Email: smue@unimelb.edua.u

Professor Damian Purcell
Phone:(03) 8344 6753

Professor Katherine Kedzierska
Phone: (03) 8344 6753

Postgraduate coordinators

Ms Rebecca Whitsed, Academic Programs Officer
Phone: (03) 8344 5679

Marie Greyer, PhD Program Manager
Phone:(03) 8344 0875