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MSc Medical Microbiology at The University of Manchester
MSc Medical Microbiology
Our practical-focused course offers a springboard for graduates pursuing careers as microbiologists or virologists.

MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

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

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in:

  • microbiology
  • virology
  • medical laboratory sciences
  • biomedical sciences
  • medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • dentistry
  • pharmacy
  • other biology degrees incorporating substantial human biology and, ideally, an element of microbiology.

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

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

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 overview

  • Learn medical and molecular aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunity to infection epidemiology and management of infectious diseases through our IBMS-accredited course.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Learn from academics at the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease.
  • Gain practical experience in the laboratory.
  • Prepare for a career in biomedical/clinical sciences, teaching or academic and industrial research.
  • We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses, continuing professional development (CPD). See the Medical Microbiology CPD units page for details.

Open days

Come and join us for our Open Evening for Healthcare Professionals, 5.30 to 6.30pm on 31st January, to find out if one of our postgraduate courses could support you in developing your career.

Find out more and book .

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000
    International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000
    International students (per annum): £11,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,000
    International students (per annum): £18,400
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,000
    International students (per annum): £9,200

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. 

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Equity and Merit Scholarships are available for a number of academically excellent young professionals from Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia 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.

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2018 or are graduating in 2019;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
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/
School/Faculty
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

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in:

  • microbiology
  • virology
  • medical laboratory sciences
  • biomedical sciences
  • medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • dentistry
  • pharmacy
  • other biology degrees incorporating substantial human biology and, ideally, an element of microbiology.

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

This course is also available for intercalating medical students, both from the University of Manchester and other UK universities, upon completion of their third year. For St Andrews students, this includes the three-year course plus the following one or two years spent in Manchester. Intercalating medical students need to have passed all assessments at first attempt (if they are third year) or have no fails in third year if they are fourth year.

English language

International applicants from non-majority English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

We must approve this before you apply for the English course.

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.

Relevant work experience

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

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following supporting documents.

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated, or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. 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.

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

CAS Information

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 16 September 2019, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 16 June 2019.

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

Fitness to practise / health requirements

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

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 long-running MSc Medical Microbiology course is ideal if you are a graduate looking to develop your skills as a microbiologist.

The course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a microbiologist. You will cover the medical and molecular aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunity to infection.

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.

This course runs alongside our MSc Medical Virology course.

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

IBMS accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science and meets the requirements for registration with the Science Council as a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Extensive practical learning

The lab-focused nature of this course means you will gain maximum exposure to both the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of clinically relevant pathogens, helping develop practical skills that are valued by potential employers.

Various study options

You can study either full-time or part-time on both the MSc and PGDip routes, enabling you to fit learning around your other commitments if needed. Our part-time option comprises full-time study, one semester per year (approximately 12 weeks).

Research experience

You will typically carry out research projects within one of the University's microbiology, virology or mycology research groups. The close relationship between the diagnostic microbiology and virology services and the University department enable our research activities to be directly related to current relevant issues in medical microbiology.

Teaching and learning

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

You will learn via a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and comprehensive practical classes.

We use both face-to-face sessions and blended learning methods, with some material delivered and assessed online.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

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

Course unit details

The course consists of 120 credits of taught material and followed by a 60-credit research project (MSc only).

  • Practical Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Understanding Infection (15 credits)
  • Molecular Diagnostics (15 credits)
  • Antimicrobials and Infection Control (15 credits)
  • Clinical Microbiology 1 (15 credits)
  • Clinical Microbiology 2 (15 credits)
  • Global Health and Epidemiology (15 credits)

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
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
Research Methods MEDN69910 15 Mandatory

Facilities

This course is based in Stopford Building on Oxford Road, where you will find state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, a student common room and good access to University computing clusters.

You will attend lectures across the University campus.

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please see the  Medical Microbiology CPD units  page for further details. 

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.

Several of our students enrol on this programme to further develop an existing career in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

Accrediting organisations

Our MSc is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).