Designed to provide you with a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the molecular biology of micro-organisms.

You’ll study the key concepts associated with molecular microbiology and use these when considering their role in health, disease and in the natural environment.

This course provides you with opportunities to study advanced principles of the metabolism and genetics of microbes, microbes involved in clinical health and the natural environment and infectious diseases. Further studies specialise in modern genomics and infectious disease diagnosis. Practical work forms a large proportion of your learning to ensure that you have extensive skills for employment or research and there is an emphasis on developing knowledge and understanding such that you acquire the skills, qualities and attributes expected by employers or for postgraduate research.

Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time / 2 years full-time with 1 year placement / 2 years part-time

Module Details:

  • Research Methods and Bioethics (20 cp) 
  • Molecular Microbiology (20 cp) 
  • Medical Microbiology (20cp)
  • Business and Enterprise (20cp) 
  • Microbial Diagnostics (20cp) 
  • Techniques in Macromolecular Analysis (20 cp) 
  • Research Project (60 cp)

Programme Funding

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Student Destinations

There are a wide range of career opportunities within microbiology. You will work with leading academics on your course, so you will have gained important academic and professional skills necessary to help you obtain employment in this field. At the end of the course, you will also have developed many transferable skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers in related areas of molecular bioscience and microbiology.

The Research Project and/or Placement will give you the skills you need to follow a career in research and development.


UK/EU: Full-time £8,000 Full-time with placement year £8,000 + £1,385 Part-time £4,000 (for Year One*) International: Full-time £14,500 Full-time with placement year £14,500 + £1,385

Entry Requirements


What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a biological subject
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

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