University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Medical Microbiology

Our programme delivers practical training in medical microbiology and its allied fields; it provides more extensive research training than 1 year, full-time MSc programmes. Students spend 4 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. Students 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.

Entry requirements

Applicants should usually possess at least a 2.2 Honours degree in a relevant subject from an approved university. Applications from candidates not possessing the qualifications mentioned above 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. Selection is based upon a candidate�s application, references and an informal interview. In special circumstances, a student may be set work for assessment before being offered a place on the programme. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 7.0; IELTS minimum by component: 6.5.

Course modules

There are 8 modules in the 1st year, and 4 modules and a research project in the 2nd year. Compulsory modules: Viral infections; bacterial, protozoal and fungal pathogens 1; bacterial, protozoal and fungal pathogens 2: diagnosis and treatment; immunology and pathogenesis of infectious disease 1 and 2; microbial genetics and molecular biology; epidemiology: disease control and public health; managing research; fundamental research methods; advanced research methods; journal club; critically reviewing the scientific literature; research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include examinations and coursework, which may take the form of essays, data analysis, practical reports or multiple choice questions.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (European) Full-time £ 9,600 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MSc (European) Full-time £ 18,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MSc (European) Full-time £ 9,600 per Academic year (EU fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

Key information

Admissions Team
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