This programme provides comprehensive knowledge and practical training in the spread of microorganisms (predominantly bacterial and viral pathogens), disease causation and diagnosis and treatment of pathogens significant to public health. The programme content reflects the increasing importance of genomics and molecular techniques in both diagnostics and the study of pathogenesis.

The programme will enable you to:


  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and basic criteria used in their classification/taxonomy
  • explain the modes of transmission of pathogenic microorganisms
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the outcomes of infections
  • distinguish between and critically assess the classical and modern approaches to the development of therapeutic agents and vaccines for the prevention of human microbial diseases
  • demonstrate knowledge of the laboratory diagnosis of microbial diseases and practical skills
  • carry out a range of advanced skills and laboratory techniques, including the purification of isolated microbial pathogens and downstream applications analyses of their proteins and nucleic acids
  • demonstrate research skills, including designing experiments, analysing results and critically assessing the scientific literature

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Study Details:

MSc one year full-time or split-study over two years

Module Details:

Compulsory modules:

  • Bacteriology & Virology
  • Analysis & Design of Research Studies

Elective modules include:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Bacteriology
  • Clinical Virology
  • Molecular Virology
  • Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
  • Basic Parasitology
  • Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Pathogen Genomics

Project report


You will complete a laboratory-based original research project on an aspect of a relevant organism.

Student Destinations

Graduates go into operational control programmes, applied basic research and academic fields.


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme. Intercalating medical students may apply.

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