MSc Medical and Molecular Virology / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2021

Coronavirus information for applicants and offer-holders

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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.