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MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2017

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
MSc: 12/24 mths (FT/PT); PGDip: 9/24 mths (FT/PT)
Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent is required for direct entry to the course.

Non-standard applicants for the course will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on the postgraduate diploma course.

The programme is suitable for graduates in:

  • microbiology
  • virology
  • medical laboratory sciences
  • biomedical sciences
  • medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • dentistry
  • pharmacy
  • other biology degrees with an element of microbiology.
International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
40 - 60 places are available for the September 2016 intake.
How to apply

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; applications will remain open until the beginning of the next academic year; however, we reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.

Application

Your application form must have the following supporting documents:

  • Two academic references on letter-headed paper, signed and dated within six months of the application submission date. References emailed directly from a referee's academic email address will also be accepted. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than five years prior to applying and the work undertaken is in a field related to the course. We do not contact referees directly
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated
  • Official University transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • Full CV
  • Personal statement
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . We are unable to consider your application until we have received all of the documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y Y N N
PGDip Y Y N N

Course description

Our course is ideal if you are a graduate looking to develop your skills as a microbiologist.

The MSc and postgraduate diploma in Medical Microbiology are intensive full-time or part-time postgraduate taught courses encompassing the medical and molecular aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunity to infection.

Our microbiology course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a microbiologist.

We aim to give you a significant level of theoretical and practical understanding of the subject, which will be important if you want to follow a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research.

The course runs in parallel with the MSc in Medical Virology and the MSc in Medical Mycology .

The MSc Medical Microbiology course has its roots in a prestigious qualification developed in the early 1920s by Professor WWC Topley.

As such, it can be considered to be the oldest taught postgraduate microbiology qualification in the country, and probably in the world.

Watch a short film about studying for MSc/PGDip Medical Microbiology and MSc/PGDip Medical Virology at The University of Manchester.

Open days

See the University website for details of postgraduate open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £10,750
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600
    International students (per annum): £17,200
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
    International students (per annum): £8,600

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment. 

Scholarships/sponsorships

Equity and Merit Scholarships are  available for a number of academically excellent young professionals from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania studying for certain full-time campus-based master's degrees at Manchester, including Medical Microbiology.

Read about one of our graduates, Jean D'Amour Mutoni , who has recently graduated with his MSc in Medical Microbiology thanks to the financial assistance offered by the scholarship scheme.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine/
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

An honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent is required for direct entry to the course.

Non-standard applicants for the course will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on the postgraduate diploma course.

The programme is suitable for graduates in:

  • microbiology
  • virology
  • medical laboratory sciences
  • biomedical sciences
  • medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • dentistry
  • pharmacy
  • other biology degrees with an element of microbiology.
International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

English language

International applicants from non-majority English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. A list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here . We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course if your current IELTS scores are lower.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)
  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing + enrolment & attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5)
  • IELTS: 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing + enrolment & attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10).

Please note that no offers will be made for the next academic year if your current IELTS score is 4.5 or less (TOEFL: 53 IBT).

Most English language test results are only valid for two years and must be valid on the start date of the course for a visa to be granted.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until - which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 19h September 2016, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 19 June 2016.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Relevant work experience

We will also consider the length of time worked and experience gained as part of your application.

Other entry requirements

Occupational Health clearance (a Fitness to Work certificate) will be required at the beginning of the programme, so please ensure that you bring with you a full history of vaccinations received. Any additional vaccinations required will be provided on arrival.

Application and selection

How to apply

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; applications will remain open until the beginning of the next academic year; however, we reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.

Application

Your application form must have the following supporting documents:

  • Two academic references on letter-headed paper, signed and dated within six months of the application submission date. References emailed directly from a referee's academic email address will also be accepted. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than five years prior to applying and the work undertaken is in a field related to the course. We do not contact referees directly
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated
  • Official University transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • Full CV
  • Personal statement
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . We are unable to consider your application until we have received all of the documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Advice to applicants

A place on this course cannot be guaranteed if offers made are not accepted by the deadline stated in the offer letter.

Please note that places on the PGDip course may be offered to students who do not exactly meet the academic entry requirements, with the possibility of transfer to the MSc on adequate academic progression in Semester 1.

How your application is considered

On receipt of all required supporting documentation, your application will be reviewed by the relevant Course Director. Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants, but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

Returning to education

For those returning to education after a period of full-time employment, it may be difficult to obtain up-to-date references. In this instance, we will accept a reference from an employer to support older academic references.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from non-UK/EU applicants.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful, you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

Transfers between the MSc Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology courses can be considered.

Course details

Course description

Our course is ideal if you are a graduate looking to develop your skills as a microbiologist.

The MSc and postgraduate diploma in Medical Microbiology are intensive full-time or part-time postgraduate taught courses encompassing the medical and molecular aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunity to infection.

Our microbiology course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a microbiologist.

We aim to give you a significant level of theoretical and practical understanding of the subject, which will be important if you want to follow a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research.

The course runs in parallel with the MSc in Medical Virology and the MSc in Medical Mycology .

The MSc Medical Microbiology course has its roots in a prestigious qualification developed in the early 1920s by Professor WWC Topley.

As such, it can be considered to be the oldest taught postgraduate microbiology qualification in the country, and probably in the world.

Watch a short film about studying for MSc/PGDip Medical Microbiology and MSc/PGDip Medical Virology at The University of Manchester.

Aims

We aim to provide you with an understanding of the scientific basis of traditional and modern microbiological concepts.

In addition, you will develop the knowledge, specialist practical skills and critical awareness needed to pursue a career in medical microbiology.

Special features

This course has a significant component of practical-based teaching, ensuring that you gain maximum exposure to the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of clinically relevant pathogens.

You will gain practical skills that are valued by potential employers.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered using lectures, seminars, tutorials and comprehensive practical classes.

Other teaching includes the use of face-to-face sessions and blended learning methods with some material delivered and assessed online.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed via continual assessment and formal theory and practical examinations.

The course is delivered by academics from the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease and medical microbiology.

Course unit details

The course consists of 120 credits of taught material and followed by a 60-credit research project (MSc only). There are shared and course-specific units across the Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology courses as follows:

Shared modules

  • Principles of Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Understanding Infection (15 credits)
  • Microbial Pathogenesis (15 credits)
  • Global Health and Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Molecular Diagnostics (15 credits)

Course-specific units

  • Clinical Microbiology 1 (15 credits) and
  • Clinical Microbiology 2 (15 credits)

Candidates on the MSc Medical Microbiology should take Clinical Microbiology 1 and 2. Students wishing to have a more virology-focussed curriculum should enrol on the MSc Medical Virology and will take Clinical Virology 1 and 2.

Candidates wishing to focus on mycology should enrol on the MSc Medical Mycology . These students will take most of the core units along with course-specific course units.

All MSc students carry out a three-month research project after the taught components have been successfully completed.

Full-time (FT) students take the above units and research project in Year 1. Part-time (PT) students can undertake the MSc over two years, one full semester per year.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Practical Microbiology MEDN68511 15 Mandatory
Immunity and Infection MEDN68611 15 Mandatory
Understanding Infection MEDN68621 15 Mandatory
Molecular Diagnostics MEDN68631 15 Mandatory
Global Health and Epidemiology MEDN68642 15 Mandatory
Antimicrobials and Infection Control MEDN68652 15 Mandatory
Principles of Microbiology MEDN68660 0 Mandatory
Clinical Microbiology 1 MEDN68662 15 Mandatory
Clinical Microbiology 2 MEDN68672 15 Mandatory

Facilities

The course is housed in recently refurbished facilities in Stopford Building on Oxford Road.

These include state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, a student common room and good access to University computing clusters.

Lectures are delivered across the South Campus of the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office .

Careers

Career opportunities

Our graduates typically find employment in the NHS and related organisations, or as medical microbiologists in industrial and pharmaceutical settings.

In addition, many graduates progress to PhD study and a research or academic career.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (IBMS).