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Molecular Medical Microbiology (MSc)

Course Description

This course has been designed to enable students to:

Acquire advanced knowledge of medical microbiology;

Understand the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis in key bacterial and viral infections, and to appreciate the importance of molecular biological techniques in elucidating these processes;

Become familiar with the role of molecular biology in the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies; and

Develop skills appropriate for investigative research and diagnostic development by conducting a five-month laboratory project

The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed The University of Nottingham's position as a world class research-led institution. Over 60% of the University's RAE scores identified research as being of a level of international excellence. This achievement has helped put Nottingham in the world’s top 1% of Universities internationally by the latest (2014) QS World University Rankings.

Students who have completed the course will acquire relevant transferable skills such as data management, interpretation and presentation, time management and organisation, and effective verbal and written communication skills. In addition the student's ability for analytical and creative thinking will also be improved whilst undertaking the course.

The course is offered as a 1 year full time course only, and has full accreditation of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) which is a professional acknowledgement of the quality and relevance of the course to individuals employed as biomedical and healthcare scientists.

Visit the Molecular Medical Microbiology (MSc) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lodiongo Dennis Kenyi Wudyang Woja


I was born in the mid-80s from Sudan but grew up in Uganda due to two decades of Sudan civil war that gave birth to world’s newest nation, South Sudan. I graduated from Makerere University with a degree in Biomedical Laboratory technology in 2010. I then worked as a volunteer at same university before moving to South Sudan in February 2011 to work as a Laboratory Tutor conducting both theoretical and practical sessions in medical microbiology. The paucity of skilled Laboratory scientists to provide specialized diagnostic medicine in South Sudan and my quest for a research career in microbial genomics led me to the MSc Molecular Medical Microbiology at the University of Nottingham.

Why Nottingham

I chose to study at UoN because it’s a recognized center for world class research in life sciences and teaching that has elevated it to top 100 universities in world. The fact that the university also produces valuable biomedical postgraduates who develop enjoyable diagnostic and research experiences for the rest of their intellectual, professional and personal lives makes it a worthy place to attain knowledge.

The course

The taught modules particularly Applied Molecular Microbiology studied through BPL, Scientific Review Writing, and Microbial and Molecular Techniques furnish graduates with splendid knowledge for a career in research, diagnostic medicine or academia. However, the only weakness I noted in the taught modules is lack of bioinformatics, a new discipline in science that is essential for in silico prediction of a hypothesis prior to undertaking confirmatory experiments in the laboratory. Nevertheless, I got the opportunity to learn bioinformatics during my research project that involved comparative genomics to identify bacterial essential genes.

Research Project

It is the research project conducted for a period of 5 months that makes this course unique from other courses within the school of life sciences. The research facilities at CBS, QMC and City hospital are superb that avail graduates opportunity to gain a valuable experience in a first-class research environment.


Finally, one on one tutor career guidance made me the person am today due to their relentless support. The support from the international office like organizing social functions, tours, job and career expert talks as well as financial support are marvelous. I cherish the International office for awarding scholarships for international students without which I wouldn’t have studied in UoN.

(Student Profile)

Rama Bhatia


I completed my BSc and MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Mumbai, India. During the course of my study, I developed a great interest for Medical Microbiology and wanted to pursue a PhD in the field. I chose to join MSc Molecular Medical Microbiology as it would enhance my knowledge and would serve as a plus for my PhD application.

Why Nottingham?

Nottingham is internationally renowned with an outstanding reputation. I chose to study at Nottingham as the course modules interested me a lot. Also, the course has full accreditation of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), which is an internationally recognised quality benchmark ensuring that the degree is taught to high standards.

The course

The course was intense and very well structured. Beginning with an introductory module that provided a foundation in medical microbiology, it covered various aspects of bacterial and viral pathogenesis and ways of prevention and treatment of infections. Being active researchers, the lecturers would make us aware of ongoing research in their field and would also advise about the various aspects of conducting research. The problem based learning theme, scientific review writing, journal clubs and poster presentations helped me gain a valuable set of transferable skills.

Research Facilities

The Research project module, we were supposed to carry out research projects under supervision. The University of Nottingham, being a member of the Russell Group, its research is internationally recognized. We had access to state-of-art research facilities and an excellent working atmosphere. This had been my first international research exposure, and the experience was priceless. I learnt a lot and gained many valuable skills.
I received the research project winner prize for the MSc Molecular Medical Microbiology course for 2014-15 and I’m very thankful to my supervisor for all his support.


Support provided by the International Office was outstanding. Right from the information seminars arranged for study offer holders in my home country (India) to the pick-up from Heathrow airport to the week-long welcome program for international students, everything was just perfect.
Each student was assigned a personal tutor to discuss our progress or any other concerns. I am very grateful to my course director (also my personal tutor) who has been a constant source of support throughout my study period. I have thoroughly enjoyed this MSc course and consider it as my best decision. The study period has helped me immensely. I currently hold a PhD offer letter from the University of Nottingham.


School of Life Sciences Post Graduate Taught course Scholarship 2016-17 - 12 Awards

The School of Life Sciences is offering 12 x £1,000 Scholarships towards tuition fees for the students who register to undertake one of the MSc courses offered by the School of Life Sciences to commence study in September 2016. The Scholarships are open to Home, European Union and International fee paying students; scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and individual merit. In order to apply for the scholarship applicants must have a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place of study for September 2016.The closing date for International student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 24th June 2016.The closing date for Home and EU student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 12th August 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These scholarships are available to International, Home and European Union students. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Application Procedure

In order to apply for the scholarship you must have a Conditional Offer of a place of study.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. English language requirements: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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