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  Microbiology and Immunology MSc

University of Nottingham    School of Life Sciences

Full time September MSc Full time - 12 months

About the course

At Nottingham, we research to bring about positive change. Our innovative ideas are designed to work in the real world. Postgraduate students directly contribute to the impact of our research and are important to the work we do.

You’ll be taught by active researchers in both areas with exposure to research groups in the University who are tackling the latest problems such as the Zika virus, Ebola and Antimicrobial resistance.

Key topics that the course will cover include:

  • immunity
  • infections
  • medical microbiology
  • pathogens
  • the immune system
  • viruses

By studying this course, you will:

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Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree in any relevant subject

 Course Content

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Nottingham

Student Profiles

Seth Appiah Amanfo


My undergraduate experience in microorganisms and the immune system’s role in overcoming the challenges pose by these pathogens was the reason to pursue further studies in the field to have a better and deeper understanding of the host-pathogen interaction at the molecular level.

Why Nottingham

The Ghanaian alumni of the University were very helpful in projecting the good image of the university. I also found Nottingham one of the very few schools offering a combined Microbiology and Immunology programme. As a member of the Russell Group of Universities, the university is committed to quality research and this is evident by the publications of its academics in reputable international journals. I am appreciative to the university for the numerous scholarships available to international students, which I am a beneficiary of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

The course

Modules included an introduction to microbiology which served as a very good basis to the bacterial and viral pathogenesis and infection module; the immunity and the immune system module prepared students for the advanced modules in innate immunity and therapeutic immunology. To enable students appreciate ongoing research work in the field of immunity and infection, there was a module in research in microbiology and immunology which was invaluably an essential background for the MSc dissertation. My overall assessment of the taught module structure is that it was well thought of to enable students to be adequately prepared for the future in the context of both research and clinical laboratory setting.

Research Facilities

Students are given a pool of ongoing projects in the various laboratories and this enables one to make an informed choice based on their research interest. My work on ‘The role of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance in IL-17 induction’ was presented at the 2013 British Society for Immunology Conference in Liverpool. My bench supervisors were of great support to me. The research experience gained has become of great help to me having progressed to a PhD.


Throughout Dr. Kim Hardie my personal tutor was of tremendous support. Her door was always open for me, and we regularly discussed progress made on the course. Dr. Hardie played an influential part when I had to make a decision on my future career. From placing my application for admission until my graduation in 2013, the support from the international office was tremendous. From regular email reminders, airport pick-up, welcome week, and the scholarship ceremony, the office was at every point interested in my affairs.

Afrakoma Afriyie-Asante


As a Biomedical Scientist by profession, I realised the urgent need to upgrade my knowledge and skill in the area of infection and immunity. In the quest for a good programme that would suit my career, the University of Nottingham was one of the very few array of schools that offered a combined Microbiology and Immunology course.

Why Nottingham

I chose the University of Nottingham because it offers numerous scholarships in order to encourage the young generation to help build themselves and their nation. I had every reason to smile since this noble institution awarded me with the highly competitive Commonwealth shared scholarship. I was also motivated by the University’s reputation in global research which is evident in its membership of the Russell group of Universities and the quality of graduates produced which are acknowledged as the most sought after by industries across the UK.

The course

The unique blend of Microbiology and Immunology has widened my understanding of the pathogenesis of infections and the devise mechanisms the immune system uses to eradicate such infections. The various modules in the two areas of Life Sciences are suitable and I believe were adequately taught. I feel much more privileged to have had such in depth knowledge in such field. I have been challenged beyond measure which I believe has substantially built my academic life.

Research Project

The research experience is just amazing. I have had all the requisite facility to undertake my laboratory project. i have received tremendous support from my supervisor and research fellows. I have greatly enjoyed my research.


I have also enjoyed the tremendous support from tutors and the staff of the School of Life Sciences as well the International Office. Life in Nottingham is splendid and I encourage all prospective students to be part of this big family.

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