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MSc Antimicrobial Resistance

University of Sheffield    School of Biosciences

Full time September MSc 1 year full time 31 August 2022

About the course

This course gives you a real-world insight into the approaches used to tackle the global threat of antimicrobial resistance and prepares you for an exciting career in this area. You'll receive hands-on training from our Florey Institute scientists, NHS clinicians and biotechnology industry experts.

Course description

Designed in collaboration with the NHS, throughout your course, you’ll learn about the latest clinical practice in the fast-moving area of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) ready for an exciting career in public health, policy making, or academia. 

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree or equivalent university qualification in molecular biology or a related subject (eg biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, and microbiology).

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

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Home (2022 annual fee) : £11,500
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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Student Profile(s)

Eleni Koursari

"Before undertaking my MSc in Antimicrobial Resistance, I was a previous Medical Biochemistry student at the University of Sheffield. I had a real passion for studying infectious diseases and so was searching for courses that will allow me to explore deeper into the topic. The global scale of antimicrobial resistance and the research involved in it, which is the aspect that I most enjoy doing, lead me to apply to this course. The university’s strong research reputation and the beautiful city of Sheffield were also aspects that I found really attractive.

"The MSc in Antimicrobial Resistance was an extremely rewarding experience, setting strong foundations for me to become a researcher in AMR. Its unique focus on all different aspects of antimicrobial resistance, starting from public health to industry and agriculture allowed me to gain a well rounded knowledge on the topic. A really special aspect was the training that we got not only from scientists but also clinicians, experts from public health and industry which set the scene of what occurs in real settings. The climax of this course was definitely the research project. I am very excited to be undertaking a bioinformatics based project working towards identifying novel biomarkers to detect antimicrobial-resistant typhoid fever.

"I am extremely grateful for everything that I have learned through the AMR course and the support I had from all academics, especially my project supervisor. I am looking forward to applying these skills in the research setting and I am confident that the experiences will enable me to continue my research career with a PhD. I cannot speak more highly of the MSc in Antimicrobial Resistance and would highly recommend."

Tom Burgess

I did my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences with a Year Abroad at the University of Sheffield. While studying abroad as part of my degree, I discovered an interest in infectious disease and immunology. This wasn’t a topic that was explored much in my BSc, so I began researching different Masters courses. I wanted something that would allow me to fully explore my interests and give me the lab experience I needed to go into PhD study.

This led me to the MSc Antimicrobial Resistance. The course looked perfect for me, combining all of my interests: molecular pathogenesis, microbiology, cell biology and immunology. There was also a significant research project as part of the course. Furthermore, the course included modules on science communication, research and career development, which I thought would be great for learning some transferable skills and help with job applications. Finally, the course meant I could stay in Sheffield. After living in Sheffield for three years, I’ve come to love the city and how close it is to the Peak District, so this was a big bonus for me.

I’ve really enjoyed the masters. Because it’s such a small cohort (only seven of us), the teaching is far more interactive than my previous degree. It means lectures are more like group discussions, which I found really useful. Being such a specialised course means you can go into a lot of detail and examine each topic from different perspectives – looking at molecular science, clinical approaches, public health and national and global policy. I thought this was very important to gain a holistic view of antimicrobial resistance.

My favourite part of the course has been the laboratory project. The department put a lot of effort in to make sure we were still allowed in the lab despite the pandemic. Getting this hands on experience in a lab was really important to me and I enjoyed the independence I was given to design and execute my own experiments.

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