MSc Medical and Molecular Virology

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGCert
Duration
MSc: 1 year FT, 2 years PT; PGCert: 4 months FT
Entry requirements

We require a First or Upper Second class degree in a relevant biomedical/biosciences subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Non-standard applicants for the course will be considered on an individual basis.

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.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Up to 20 places.
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
PGCert Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Understand viruses, the diseases they cause, and how to diagnose, control and prevent infections.
  • Cover topically relevant viruses such as novel coronaviruses and the Ebola and Zika viruses.
  • Learn from experienced academic and clinical virologists.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK and the top 40 in the world for medicine (QS 2021).

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £12,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £12,500
  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,800
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £10,400

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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 £1000 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.

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

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/biosciences
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a First or Upper Second class degree in a relevant biomedical/biosciences subject, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Non-standard applicants for the course will be considered on an individual basis.

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.

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 on the GOV.UK website ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

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

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 5.5 in each component) plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week Pre-sessional course (PS6).
  • Minimum 5.5 overall (with 5.5 in each component) plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week Pre-sessional course (PS10).

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course. 

See further information about requirements for your country .

If you wish to be considered for a pre-sessional course, please contact us .

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 entry requirements

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines .

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

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.

  • Transcript of your studies to date, translated into English.
  • Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to pgtaught.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Personal statement or statement of purpose.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).

If English is not your first language, we also 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).

How your application is considered

Your application will be reviewed by the Programme Director and considered on the basis of your previous academic performance and any relevant professional experience you may have.

Interview requirements

We do not always need to interview applicants, but in certain circumstances we may contact you to arrange a videoconference interview.

Returning to education

For those returning to education after a period of full-time employment we recognise it may be difficult to obtain up-to-date references. If this is the case we will accept a reference from a current or recent employer to support older academic references and will also arrange an interview with you.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

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. The admissions team will contact you at the appropriate time. Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

As you will be working in a laboratory with live viruses, occupational Health clearance (a Fitness to Work certificate) will be need to be obtained during the first semester, so please ensure that you bring with you a full history of any vaccinations you have received. Any additional vaccinations required will be provided by our occupational health team.

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.

Course details

Course description

Many of the world's greatest global health challenges arise from viral infections such as novel coronaviruses and the Ebola and Zika viruses. To tackle these major health threats, we need well-trained virologists with the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent such disease.

Our MSc Medical and Molecular Virology course will provide education and training in medical virology to equip you with the molecular skills and knowledge to understand the increasingly important role molecular and bioinformatic analysis plays in modern virology.

You will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of viruses, the diseases they cause and how they cause them through the taught element of the course. You will also look at how to diagnose, control and prevent infections in individuals and communities.

Later in the course, you will choose a research project and carry it out under the supervision of an academic or clinical supervisor, depending on your interests. This is your opportunity to study a relevant and topical question in medical virology using state-of-the-art techniques and facilities.

By combining academic study with the practice of clinical virology in the health service, our MSc is highly relevant and at the cutting edge of medical and molecular virology.

Special features

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.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through lectures, seminars, and extended case study-based practical laboratories, among other teaching methods. You will be encouraged to develop independent thinking and leadership skills.

You will also learn to plan and design a research project using a blended learning approach through online resources and discussion with an individually assigned supervisor.

Coursework and assessment

We use a range of methods to assess your progress, including coursework, written examinations and a laboratory skills portfolio.

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
Introductory Medical and Molecular Virology BIOL65201 15 Mandatory
Viruses and Disease 1 BIOL65211 15 Mandatory
Viruses and Disease 2 BIOL65221 15 Mandatory
Viruses and Disease 3 BIOL65231 15 Mandatory
Research skills in Practice (short version) BIOL65242 30 Mandatory
Research Project BIOL65252 90 Mandatory

Facilities

Most of the teaching on this course takes place in Stopford Building on Oxford Road, on the main University campus, and is delivered in a newly refurbished and state-of-the-art teaching laboratory.

Our virology research labs are nearby, and interaction between our master¿s students and PhD students is facilitated and strongly encouraged.

We hold the regular Manchester Infection Seminar series with external speakers, and students are welcome to attend.

Stopford Building has a medical library and various social spaces, including a postgraduate hub available only to postgraduate students.

You will also have access to facilities across the wider University campus .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

Short courses of around four to five days in length are available for CPD purposes.

Careers

Career opportunities

You will graduate with the skills and knowledge required for a career as a modern virologist.

You will be well placed to pursue a career as a diagnostic laboratory scientist or manager, or as a scientist in industry or academia in medical and/or molecular virology, or in any of a number of biotechnology fields relevant to virology.

These include:

  • gene therapy (where recombinant viruses are the mainstay of the technology);
  • molecular biology particularly next generation sequencing and new virus discovery;
  • vaccinology;
  • antiviral development;
  • epidemiological and public health control.

For medically qualified applicants, the course will benefit those wishing to specialise in virology or infectious diseases, or pursue a clinical academic route in this or related subjects.

The course is also an excellent stepping stone to PhD research in virology or a related subject.