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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    October, February

  • Course Duration

    2 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    07 November 2018

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. 

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

Short courses

All our lecture modules are offered as stand-alone short courses and are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences for the purposes of continuing professional development.

Each of your modules will last for five or six weeks, with the lectures taking place on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. If you only want to attend the lectures, you can; alternatively, you may decide to take the assessment and acquire credits which may contribute to a postgraduate qualification, either here at Surrey or elsewhere.

You can take up to three modules as stand-alone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc course and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree.

The fee structure for short courses is different to that for registered students. You can find out more about our fees and module timings by contacting to the course administrator.

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.

Visit the Medical Microbiology (MSc) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!






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