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Course content

Course overview

  • Develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of virology in an era of emerging viral infections.
  • 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 both academics at the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease and medical microbiology.
  • Gain significant practical experience in the laboratory, developing the skills that employers value.
  • Prepare for a career in biomedical/clinical sciences, teaching or academic and industrial research.


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.


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 Virology.

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

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in writing)

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.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must have the following supporting documents.

  • Two academic references on letter-headed paper, signed and dated within six months of the application submission date. References emailed directly from a referee's academic email address will also be accepted. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than five years prior to applying and the work undertaken is in a field related to the course. 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.

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

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Interview requirements

We do not normally interview applicants, but reserve the right to do so in certain circumstances.

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.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We welcome applications from non-UK/EU applicants.

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 90 credits of taught material and followed by a 90-credit research project (MSc only). Some units are shared with the MSc Medical Microbiology course. The taught units are as follows:

Shared units

  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Practical Microbiology (15 credits)
  • Understanding Infection (15 credits)
  • Molecular Diagnostics (15 credits)

Course-specific units

  • Clinical Virology (15 credits)
  • Molecular Virology (15 credits)

All MSc students carry out a five-month research project .

Full-time students take the above units and research project in Year 1. Part-time 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.

The course is also useful if you work or plan to work in developing countries that need expertise in the existing and emerging virological and microbiological challenges facing developing communities.

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




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