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Microbiology (MSc/MRes)

Course Description


This is a research-based degree, providing you with essential training in scientific research methodology and data analysis, as well as specific scientific techniques appropriate to the research microbiologist.

The course draws from the Department of Biological Sciences research strengths and expertise in cell biology of infectious diseases, host parasite relationships and drug discovery across a wide range of infectious pathogens/bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. You will undertake a research project in the laboratories of internationally recognised researchers.


This research-intensive programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to undertake a novel research project in the interdisciplinary subject area of microbiology.

In addition to your own laboratory work, you will attend group laboratory meetings and seminars.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Develop a range of research skills and subject-matter expertise in microbiology.
Undertake a laboratory project in a research-intensive environment, under the guidance of leading-edge researchers.
The Department of Biological Sciences is part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), a joint initiative with University College London.
Ideal if you want to gain qualifications necessary for pursuing a research career.
You will join an existing research group under the guidance of a research supervisor.

Visit the Microbiology (MSc/MRes) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nicola Spence

3990.jpg 'Intellectually it was a wonderful change from my day job, because I was working in real labs,' says Professor Spence, who at the time was a tutor of O and A level biology, zoology and botany.

'The College made a real difference to me at a time when I wasn't sure if I wanted a career in research and needed a low risk option to find out. It turned out to be the best decision I made at the start of my career.'

In her first class, Nicola remembers that she was 'amongst an interesting, diverse bunch of motivated people who all had a reason to want to be there. It felt like it was exactly the right place to be at that time. I realised I had missed learning and studying.'

'What I found most rewarding about Birkbeck was having a central London lab to work in, and being able to gain experience and qualifications in a timescale that suited my ambitions, lifestyle and budget. Thanks Birkbeck!'

Her master's degree helped Nicola prepare for her PhD in plant virology at the University of Birmingham, which she completed in 1992. In 2009 Nicola took on the role of chief scientist at the Food and Environment Research Agency, responsible for directing its strategic science aims and objectives, providing scientific guidance and leadership, and maintaining and raising science quality.

In January 2010 she became Chief Executive of Science City York, which is a central supporter of York and North Yorkshire's economic regeneration, driving the creation and growth of business and employment opportunities within bioscience, IT and digital and the creative industries.

'One challenge of trying to bring the worlds of business and academia together is that they have different drivers and motivations, so the key is to engage both sectors together with a common purpose of using ideas and innovation to solve problems of scientific interest that have applications to business.

'The advantages of doing this are that it can generate some totally new thinking and some exciting outcomes from which everyone benefits. Many academics are very entrepreneurial; they get a real buzz out of turning their ideas into profit. Others are more motivated by the highest quality of science they can achieve, which also has a useful application. All businesses and academics want talented staff and partnerships can help provide skills and recognise talent for everyone.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Second-class honours degree in a science-based subject, or equivalent. Other professional qualifications and relevant work experience also taken into account. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa

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