In the era of AIDS, avian and swine Influenza, and other emerging viral infections, the importance of medical virology as a co-discipline with medical microbiology is increasingly recognised.
The MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Virology are intensive full-time or part-time postgraduate taught courses encompassing the medical and molecular aspects of virology, bacteriology and mycology, as well as immunity to infection and epidemiology.
You will explore the current issues and concepts in medical virology, and acquire the academic and practical skills necessary to make independent, informed judgements in relation to these issues.
A unique feature of this course is the focus on practical, laboratory-based teaching; you will spend time in the laboratory, learning how to be a virologist.
We aim to give you a theoretical and practical understanding of medical virology, which will be important if you want to follow a career in clinical sciences or academic or industrial research.
The programme runs in parallel with the MSc in Medical Microbiology and the MSc in Medical Mycology.
We aim to produce graduates with an understanding of and expertise in microbiology, with a particular focus on medical virology.
You will develop an understanding of the scientific basis of established and novel medical virology concepts, as well as the specialist knowledge, practical skills and critical awareness required to pursue a career in medical virology.
This course has a significant component of practical-based teaching, ensuring that you obtain maximum exposure to the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of clinically relevant pathogens.
This will result in practical skills that are valued by potential employers.
Teaching and learning
Teaching is delivered using lectures, seminars, tutorials and comprehensive practical classes. Other teaching includes the use of face-to-face sessions and blended learning methods, with some material delivered and assessed online.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed via continual assessment and formal theory and practical examinations.
The course is delivered by academics from the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease and medical microbiology.
Our graduates typically find employment in the NHS and related organisations, or as medical microbiologists in industrial and pharmaceutical settings.
In addition, many graduates progress to PhD study and a research or academic career.
The course is also useful if you work or plan to work in developing countries that need expertise in and knowledge of the existing and emerging virological and microbiological challenges facing developing communities.
The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (IBMS).