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Microbiology and Immunology (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc course in Microbiology and Immunology was set up to enhance the training of scientists studying the interactions between microbes and the immune system, and for those students wishing to enter a research career and gain high level skills in Microbiology and Immunology.

The course aims to provide training in theoretical and practical aspects of microbiology and immunology, with particular emphasis on molecular biological techniques and the interactions at the interface between microbes and the immune system. Students will gain basic and advanced knowledge of important viral, bacterial and parasitic infections. Alongside this, students will acquire an understanding and knowledge of the immune system and how it detects and responds to pathogens.

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 students' ability for analytical and creative thinking will also be improved whilst undertaking the course.

The MSc will consist of seven taught modules and a laboratory-based project. Successful completion of the course will necessitate accumulation of 180 credits, 120 of which will derive from the taught modules and 60 from the research project. All of the modules are compulsory. There is an additional non-credit bearing module to provide the students with factfinding networking opportunities with each other and the staff alongside navigation of teaching facilities.

Autumn Semester:

Microbiology and Immunology General Sessions
Introduction to Medical Microbiology
Research Methods in Immunology and Microbiology
Viral Pathogenesis and Infections

Spring Semester:

Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection
Immunity and the Immune System
Therapeutic Immunology
Innate Immune Recognition
Research Project

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

(Student Profile)

Seth Appiah Amanfo


My undergraduate experience in microorganisms and the immune system’s role in overcoming the challenges pose by these pathogens was the reason to pursue further studies in the field to have a better and deeper understanding of the host-pathogen interaction at the molecular level.

Why Nottingham

The Ghanaian alumni of the University were very helpful in projecting the good image of the university. I also found Nottingham one of the very few schools offering a combined Microbiology and Immunology programme. As a member of the Russell Group of Universities, the university is committed to quality research and this is evident by the publications of its academics in reputable international journals. I am appreciative to the university for the numerous scholarships available to international students, which I am a beneficiary of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship.

The course

Modules included an introduction to microbiology which served as a very good basis to the bacterial and viral pathogenesis and infection module; the immunity and the immune system module prepared students for the advanced modules in innate immunity and therapeutic immunology. To enable students appreciate ongoing research work in the field of immunity and infection, there was a module in research in microbiology and immunology which was invaluably an essential background for the MSc dissertation. My overall assessment of the taught module structure is that it was well thought of to enable students to be adequately prepared for the future in the context of both research and clinical laboratory setting.

Research Facilities

Students are given a pool of ongoing projects in the various laboratories and this enables one to make an informed choice based on their research interest. My work on ‘The role of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance in IL-17 induction’ was presented at the 2013 British Society for Immunology Conference in Liverpool. My bench supervisors were of great support to me. The research experience gained has become of great help to me having progressed to a PhD.


Throughout Dr. Kim Hardie my personal tutor was of tremendous support. Her door was always open for me, and we regularly discussed progress made on the course. Dr. Hardie played an influential part when I had to make a decision on my future career. From placing my application for admission until my graduation in 2013, the support from the international office was tremendous. From regular email reminders, airport pick-up, welcome week, and the scholarship ceremony, the office was at every point interested in my affairs.

(Student Profile)

Afrakoma Afriyie-Asante


As a Biomedical Scientist by profession, I realised the urgent need to upgrade my knowledge and skill in the area of infection and immunity. In the quest for a good programme that would suit my career, the University of Nottingham was one of the very few array of schools that offered a combined Microbiology and Immunology course.

Why Nottingham

I chose the University of Nottingham because it offers numerous scholarships in order to encourage the young generation to help build themselves and their nation. I had every reason to smile since this noble institution awarded me with the highly competitive Commonwealth shared scholarship. I was also motivated by the University’s reputation in global research which is evident in its membership of the Russell group of Universities and the quality of graduates produced which are acknowledged as the most sought after by industries across the UK.

The course

The unique blend of Microbiology and Immunology has widened my understanding of the pathogenesis of infections and the devise mechanisms the immune system uses to eradicate such infections. The various modules in the two areas of Life Sciences are suitable and I believe were adequately taught. I feel much more privileged to have had such in depth knowledge in such field. I have been challenged beyond measure which I believe has substantially built my academic life.

Research Project

The research experience is just amazing. I have had all the requisite facility to undertake my laboratory project. i have received tremendous support from my supervisor and research fellows. I have greatly enjoyed my research.


I have also enjoyed the tremendous support from tutors and the staff of the School of Life Sciences as well the International Office. Life in Nottingham is splendid and I encourage all prospective students to be part of this big family.


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. The course is also offered to medical and veterinary graduates wishing to pursue a career in immunology or microbiology; applicants with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) may be considered on an individual basis. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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