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Medical Microbiology MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Microbiology

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

With the rise of antibiotic resistant microbes and the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases, there’s never been a more important time to join our forward-thinking course and study this critical subject.

Our part-time day release course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, and it’s designed for those already working in the field who aspire to become leaders in their profession.

Our course is guaranteed to increase your scientific understanding of medical microbiology and develop your critical and analytical skills.

What you will study

By studying medical microbiology with us, you’ll learn about the biological and pathogenic properties of microbes which are important to our health as well as those which can cause disease. You will also learn about how the human body reacts to infection (immunology) and how to detect, control and treat infectious disease.

While we deepen your knowledge of microbiology, we’ve also designed our course so that you develop the management and research skills you need to continue to grow your career.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for graduates who already work in medical microbiology laboratories, or in a closely-related field, and who want to enhance their understanding of the role of micro-organisms in health and disease. This includes:

  • Diagnostic microbiology staff
  • Pharmaceutical research personnel
  • Veterinary laboratory staff
  • Food and water laboratory personnel.

We also consider applications from people who are looking for an understanding of the advances in modern medical microbiology and its associated disciplines. This might include:

  • Clinicians
  • Public health personnel
  • Nurses.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



To consolidate and expand the knowledge of viral infections with particular reference to recent advances. By the end of the module students should be conversant with the aetiology, clinical features, molecular biology, laboratory diagnosis, pathogenesis, epidemiology and control and names viral diseases. Students will also receive practical training in selected aspects of laboratory diagnosis of virus infections and will be able to critically analyse experimental data. Within the time available it is not possible to provide a comprehensive coverage of all these topics. Therefore internal lecturers are providing a general intro for different family of human viruses while the specialist external lecturers expand on specific key pathogens and concentrate on recent advances in the field.
Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens (15 Credits) - Core
Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases (15 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Immunology (15 Credits) - Core

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

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also ask you to attend an interview. Applications from candidates not possessing the qualifications mentioned above may be considered, depending on the length and quality of their experience, published works and recommendations from employers. Such candidates may be required to complete a qualifying assessment.

University information

The University of Surrey is proud of the cultural diversity of its international community. Over 3,500 postgraduate students, from more than 120 countries across the globe, come to Surrey each year. As a research-led university, Surrey's outstanding contributions benefit society as a whole and address major global challenges. The research-intensive learning environment makes it the perfect choice if you want to study somewhere where you can...more

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