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Medical Mycology MSc

Course Description

Our Medical Mycology MSc course offers intensive full-time or part-time learning covering the epidemiological, diagnostic, medical and molecular aspects of fungal disease and immunity to infection.

This course is ideal if you are a graduate who wishes to develop your skills as a mycologist. You will gain a significant level of theoretical understanding and practical skills, which will be important for following a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research in the UK or overseas.

Our course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a mycologist. We provide a number of hands-on practical sessions linked with each module, as well as work experience at the NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester (MRCM), clinics and ward rounds. This will ensure that you graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue a specialist career in diagnostic, clinical or academic settings, and will provide you with comprehensive skills to set up good quality diagnostic services around the world.

In addition, the faculty for this course is of an exceptionally high standard, with a number of world-leading scientists, microbiologists and clinicians involved.

The University of Manchester Fungal Infection Research Group (MFIG) - a world-leading unit for basic, applied, translational and clinical fungal research - is aligned to the international LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) initiative.

This course runs parallel to the MSc Medical Microbiology and MSc Medical Virology courses, with long traditions and an excellent reputation in their fields.

Visit the Medical Mycology MSc page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Medical Mycology Scholarship - 2 Awards

International scholarships are available for applicants seeking places on the MSc Medical Mycology for September 2013 entry. The scholarships are directed at medical and healthcare science graduates from ‘resource-limited’* non-EU countries wishing to develop their skills as mycologists. Funding provides full sponsorship of the MSc tuition fee and £16, 550 living allowance (stipend).Over 300 million people are affected by serious fungal infections worldwide, and in excess of 1.3 million people die from one every year. Global incidence of fungal diseases is on the rise due to increases in susceptible patients (cancer therapies, organ transplantation, chronic lung diseases) and possibly climate change. Despite major recent developments in diagnostics and treatments, the availability of modern diagnostic methods and trained individuals in fungal disease remains very poor in many parts of the world. The Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Mycology is a newly launched one-year full time postgraduate programme providing outstanding training in the epidemiological, diagnostic, medical and molecular aspects of fungal disease and immunity to infection. It is unique within Europe, providing trainees with the skills to develop diagnostic services in global settings. This is supported through extended training within our laboratory and clinical settings, such as the NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester (MRCM) and National Aspergillosis Centre. Training is provided using a combination of methods such as lectures, seminars, practicals, eLearning, journal clubs and poster presentations. Over a sequence of eight taught units and an extended research project students are provided with direct experience of the technical, practical, fungal and medical aspects of mycology.

Value of Scholarship(s)

MSc tuition fee and £16, 550 living allowance (stipend)


These scholarships are aimed at international graduates within the medical and healthcare sciences seeking to develop fungal infection diagnostic services with a global reach. Any enquiries relating to the MSc or scholarships should be directed to Dr Riina Richardson ([email protected]).

Application Procedure

Individuals wishing to be considered for a scholarship for 2013 entry should apply for the MSc following the guidance on our website. Alongside the application, an additional covering statement (maximum 750 words) should be included explaining how you intend to use the scholarship to improve the diagnostics and care of patients with fungal infections in your home country and/or globally.Applications are invited up to and including Wednesday 7 August 2013. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held mid-August. Places for 2013 entry are limited so early application is encouraged.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent, is required for direct entry to the programme. Non-standard applicants for the programme will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on the ostgraduate diploma course. Our course is suitable for graduates in: Medical Microbiology; Medical Mycology; Medical Virology; Medical Laboratory sciences; Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; Dentistry; Pharmacy; Other biology degrees with a significant component of human biology and medical microbiology. International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

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