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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Medical Microbiology

Course type


Course Summary

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.

Different course options

Full time | Main Site | 9 months | 16-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



This module includes: To enable understanding of the principles of a range of molecular techniques as applied to medical microbiology and learn to apply this methodology for diagnostic and research purposes; To introduce students to some of the recent advances in molecular diagnostics including real-time PCR and DNA sequence based approaches; To enable the student to have an understanding of the impact of molecular techniques in the clinical diagnostic laboratory, the range of techniques available, how they are effectively implemented and how they are applied to inform on clinical management; To help students to become more familiar with some of the core techniques used in bioinformatic analyses including data retrieval from web resources, sequence alignment, phylogenetic analyses and other DNA and protein sequence analyses.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.