MSc Medical and Molecular Virology / Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2021

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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 .