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Course overview

  • Learn medical and molecular aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunity to infection epidemiology and management of infectious diseases through our IBMS-accredited course.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Learn from academics at the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease.
  • Gain practical experience in the laboratory.
  • Prepare for a career in biomedical/clinical sciences, teaching or academic and industrial research.
  • We offer units from this MSc as standalone courses, continuing professional development (CPD). See the Medical Microbiology CPD units page for details.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,000 
  • International students (per annum): £23,000
  • MSc (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £5,000 
  • International students (per annum): £11,500
  • PGDip (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £8,000 
  • International students (per annum): £18,400
  • PGDip (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,000 
  • International students (per annum): £9,200

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment. 


Equity and Merit Scholarships are available for a number of academically excellent young professionals from Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia studying for certain full-time campus-based master's degrees at Manchester, including Medical Microbiology.

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

Entry requirements

English language

International applicants from non-majority English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

We will also consider the length of time worked and experience gained as part of your application.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following supporting documents.

  • One academic reference on letter headed paper, signed and dated, or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated.
  • Official University transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • Full CV.
  • Personal statement.
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to  . 

Returning to education

For those returning to education after a period of full-time employment, it may be difficult to obtain up-to-date references. In this instance, we will accept a reference from an employer to support older academic references.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Occupational Health clearance (a Fitness to Work certificate) will be required at the beginning of the course, so please ensure that you bring with you a full history of vaccinations received. Any additional vaccinations required will be provided on arrival.

Teaching and learning

This course is delivered by academics from the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease and medical microbiology.

You will learn via a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and comprehensive practical classes.

We use both face-to-face sessions and blended learning methods, with some material delivered and assessed online.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed via continual assessment and formal theory and practical examinations.

Course unit details

The course consists of 120 credits of taught material and followed by a 60-credit research project (MSc only).

  • Practical Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Understanding Infection (15 credits)
  • Molecular Diagnostics (15 credits)
  • Antimicrobials and Infection Control (15 credits)
  • Clinical Microbiology 1 (15 credits)
  • Clinical Microbiology 2 (15 credits)
  • Global Health and Epidemiology (15 credits)

All MSc students carry out a three-month research project after the taught components have been successfully completed.

Full-time (FT) students take the above units and research project in Year 1. Part-time (PT) students can undertake the MSc over two years, one full semester per year.

Career opportunities

Our graduates typically find employment in the NHS and related organisations, or as medical microbiologists in industrial and pharmaceutical settings.

In addition, many graduates progress to PhD study and a research or academic career.

Several of our students enrol on this programme to further develop an existing career in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or veterinary medicine.

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




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