Your degree in Microbiology and Immunology

While studying microbiology and immunology, you’re learning how microbes influence the health and disease of plants, animals and human life. You’ll develop important skills in molecular microbiology technologies and understand approaches that impact living organisms. 

These skills may include:

  • Application of logical and systematic thought processes to understanding the structure and functioning of human, animal and plant tissues and cells
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and data synthesis
  • Analytical method development or validation (QA/QC), ensuring compliance with safety regulations
  • Project management and experimental design 
  • Critical analysis of current microbiological and immunological literature and report writing
  • Usage of laboratory techniques, such as aseptic technique, staining, plasmid isolation, cloning and screening, western blots, PCR, ELISA, Gel electrophoresis, and microscopy
  • Usage of technical instruments, like spectrophotometers, light and fluorescent microscopes, and thermocyclers

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including agriculture, biotechnology, clean energy, environmental assessment, health care and pharmaceuticals, public health, research, consulting, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.


Agricultural scientist

Beer and wine maker

Bio-animator and filmmaker


Biological and medical illustrator


Clinical immunologist

Clinical research associate

Consumer protection specialist 


Dangerous waste inspector

Environmental attorney

Environmental scientist


Food and drug inspector

Food safety expert

Food technologist

Genetic counselor


Health and safety inspector


Infectious disease specialist

Laboratory technician

Medical doctor

Medical laboratory technologist 



Occupational hygienist 

Occupational therapist

Patent agent

Patent attorney



Physical therapist

Pollution control inspector

Public health inspector

Quality control technician 

Regulatory affairs expert

Technical writer

Technical sales representative





Water treatment technician

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Microbiology and Immunology Student Association
Meet other UBC Microbiology and Immunology students through events and programs.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in microbiology and immunology between study terms.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition  
Form a student team and design, build, test, and measure a system using biological techniques in term 1.

Annual Biomolecular Design Competition
Represent UBC at the annual biomolecular design competition in a student team in term 2.

UBC Life Sciences Institute
Discover research opportunities, events, programs and student competitions in life sciences.

Faculty of Medicine summer research
Get experience in undergraduate medical research at UBC.

UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine summer program
Apply for funding and propose your research project to gain clinical experience in laboratory medicine.

BC Children’s Hospital research
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

Online tutorials and training in ethics
Develop your understanding of research ethics and integrity through online training and tutorials.

Journal of Experimental Microbiology and Immunology
Submit scientific articles to be published in an annual journal.  

UBC Medical Journal
Submit your academic research, case reports, reviews, commentaries, and news or letters for publication.

Student Biotechnology Network
Attend events, meet professionals, and receive mentorship from innovative industry leaders.

Undergraduate awards and opportunities
Browse awards and opportunities specific to undergraduate students in Science.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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