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MSc Medical Microbiology (Euromasters)

Course Description

This full-time two-year programme offers students a unique learning experience, combining taught modules from our reputable part-time Medical Microbiology programme with extensive research training.


Our two-year enhanced MSc in Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) delivers practical training in medical microbiology and its allied fields. The programme provides more extensive research training than one-year, full-time MSc programmes. You will spend four days per week pursuing a research project in internationally recognised laboratories and receive a full taught MSc programme from leading experts in the field of medical microbiology and its associated disciplines.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/medical-microbiology-euromasters


On this programme, you will study theoretical aspects of medical microbiology, encompassing the biological and pathogenic properties of microbes, their role in health and disease, the reactions of the host to infection, and the scientific basis for the detection, control and anti-microbial treatment of infectious disease.

In the first year, you’ll attend lectures and practical sessions so you are prepared to start your own research project in the second year. At the start of this year, you’ll join an active Research Group within the Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/microbial/) to receive your practical and research training. It is this extensive research experience that differentiates this EuroMasters programme from all other UK MSc Medical Microbiology programmes, and thus graduates of this programme should be highly employable.

The programme is especially suitable for overseas students who are contemplating a PhD, and for whom the combination of a full-scale research project with a structured taught programme is particularly advantageous.

Programme structure and modules

The full-time Masters programme is designed to be completed in two years. It consists of eight 15-credits modules in the first year, four 15-credit modules in the second year and a 60 credit research project. Alternatively, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. Students may also attend modules on a one-off basis.


Viral Infections
This module covers the aetiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of viral diseases.

Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens 1
This module covers the aetiology, clinical features and pathogenesis of bacterial protozoal and fungal diseases.

Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens 2: Diagnosis and Treatment
This module covers the laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology and control of bacterial diseases. The two Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens modules and the Viral Infections module aim to consolidate and expand your prior basic knowledge and form the core of medical microbiology.

Introduction to Immunology
This module is designed to introduce the concepts of immunology and how the immune system functions, before integrating these to more fully explore the pathogenesis of a range of aberrant immune responses and some introductory pathogens. The module involves a mixture of lectures and practical exercises.

Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
This module is designed to focus on the pathogenic strategies of infectious agents. During the module, students will receive lectures, tutorials and workshops on virulence strategies which infectious agents employ to illicit disease, as well as sessions on important viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens. Included within these sessions will be examples of modern research approaches used to investigate the mode of action of pathogen virulence in order to stimulate the student’s ability to design research experiments.

Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology
This module consolidates prior basic knowledge of microbial genetics, and considers further those aspects especially relevant to medical microbiology. The module involves a mixture of lectures and practical exercises.

Epidemiology: Disease Control and Public Health
This module examines the strategies used in controlling infectious diseases, the basic methods used in epidemiology and the factors affecting disease spread. The module includes an introduction to the microbial ecology of food and water, the effects of processing/treatment and the practical measures taken to ensure a safe and wholesome supply.

Management of Scientific Research
This module is an introduction to aspects of managing scientific research including managing time and groups, ethics, quality assurance, statistics and networking. Group exercises will be used to facilitate effective and successful teamwork, and students will work together to produce and deliver a short presentation and a scientific poster.

A networking event at the end of the module will allow the student to present their work to their peers, PhD students, post-doctoral scientists and academics in the department. Finally, students will produce a grant proposal in order to hone higher order thinking skills.

Research Methods1
This module provides training and experience in basic microbiological experimental techniques. Students will attend workshops and receive hands-on laboratory training in an active research laboratory.

Research Methods 2
The module provides training and practical experience of cutting edge experimental techniques. Students will receive most of their training in an active research laboratory and complete a Development Training Portfolio.

Journal Club
This module teaches students how to prepare outstanding journal club presentations. It provides students with the opportunity to present and participate in a journal club and practise their oral critical appraisal skills, as well as acquiring greater understanding of scientific concepts and keeping up-to-date with new findings.

Critically Reviewing the Scientific Literature
This module provides training and experience in writing concise and critical scientific reviews.

Research Project
All students aiming for the MSc qualification undertake a research project and submit a dissertation.

Short courses:

- Most of our lecture modules are offered as stand-alone short courses and are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

- You may take up to three modules as stand-alone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree

The fee structure for short courses is different to that for registered students and details may be obtained upon enquiry to the programme administrator. Also contact the programme administrator for information regarding the timing of each module.


Full-time students register for an MSc that will be awarded after the successful completion of modules worth 240 credits, including a research project. Alternatively, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

You may also attend modules on a one-off basis to update your knowledge in a particular area.

Teaching and assessment

Each taught module will be assessed by examination and/or coursework. This may take the form of essays, data analysis, presentations, debates, practical reports or multiple choice questions.

Programme objectives

The full-time MSc Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) programme leads to the award of European Master of Science and will provide advanced training in medical microbiology. The programme has been designed to increase your scientific understanding of medical microbiology, to develop critical and analytical skills such that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have a greater depth of knowledge of medical microbiology and will have developed management and research skills which will enhance your professional activities.

Career prospects

Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) graduates are working in senior research positions in industry, academia or the public sector in the UK and around the world. Others have gone on to apply the extensive research experience obtained during the programme to study for a PhD. Many part-time students already working in the public or private sector receive a promotion as a result of their qualification, having significantly improved their practice during the course.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

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

(Student Profile)

Sarah Bolger

“Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey.”

Sarah, a Practice Development Midwife with 15 years’ experience as a qualified nurse and 11 years’ experience as a qualified midwife, explains how a Masters from the University of Surrey has boosted her career prospects.

“I wanted a course that would enable me to consolidate my previous experience and give me the qualification I needed for career progression. I chose the University of Surrey because it offers higher education as part of a contract with local Trusts. I was also looking to study at a university that could rival others at a national and even an international level.

The most challenging aspect of the course was juggling my academic work, working for the Trust and family life. The impact of studying for a Masters on family life can never be underestimated, so time management is key. For me, this often meant studying in the evening, which after a long day at work was gruelling.

Although the demands on my time and energy were challenging, I received unbeatable support from the team at Surrey. The emphasis wasn’t on taking away my challenges, but providing me with guidance so I could find a path that enabled me to achieve my full potential.

Now I have completed the course, the sense of achievement I have is immeasurable. At Surrey, you’re encouraged to think outside the box and consider new ideas.

Based on the results of my Masters, I have been awarded a full-time funded PhD studentship at Surrey. It’s thanks to the experience I had during my Masters that I had the confidence to even apply.”


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Entry Requirements

Applicants should usually possess at least a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject from an approved university.Other applications may be considered, depending on the length and quality of their experience, published works and recommendations from employers. Such candidates may be required to complete a qualifying assessment.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 7.0-IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

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