University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Veterinary Microbiology

This programme is intended for those who wish to enhance their understanding of the role of microorganisms in animal health and disease, and provides an excellent grounding in molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology and microbiology. This grounding leads into the study of the complex mechanisms of host/microbe interactions that are involved in the pathogenesis of specific animal diseases, and provides insights into diagnosis and interventions, such as vaccines, essential for disease control. You will enhance your critical and analytical skills and gain hands-on experience in the diagnosis of veterinary diseases, such that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions.

Entry requirements

MSc: Applicants should normally possess at least a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject (biosciences) or a degree in medicine or veterinary medicine. However, relevant research experience may also be considered. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 6.5 in each component (or equivalent). For current entry requirements, please visit our website. The link is under Course contact details.

Course modules

Example module listing: microbiology and veterinary immunology; microbial genetics; molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases; transmission and control of infectious diseases of animals (non-vector); transmission and control of infectious diseases of animals (vector); infectious diseases of animals - practical sessions (APHA, Pirbright ^ PHE/VMD); diseases of animal systems: gastro-intestinal diseases of animals; diseases of animal systems: respiratory diseases of animals; diseases of animal systems: multi-system diseases of animals; diseases of animal systems: CNS/Skin Diseases of animals; research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a research project, examination and coursework (which may take the form of essays, data manipulation and analysis, practical reports, presentations, multiple choice questions or literature searches).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2018 - 24 Months

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Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site GU2 7XH South East

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