Why choose this course
With the continual development of modern medicine and the availability of treatments, we’re seeing a rise in the number of antibiotic resistant microbes, and the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases. To effectively research and overcome these challenges, there’s a call for medical microbiologists, who are equipped with advanced skills and knowledge.
On this course, we’ll give you the tools to begin a successful career as a Medical Microbiologist, increasing your scientific understanding of medical microbiology and developing your critical analysis, management, and independent research skills.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, ensuring everything you’ll learn is relevant to the sector and valued by prospective employers.
What you will study
You’ll learn about the biological and pathogenic properties of microbes, which are important to our health, as well as those which can cause disease. You'll investigate how the human body reacts to infection and how to detect, control and treat infectious disease. You’ll study topics, including antimicrobial agents, chemotherapy, epidemiology, immunology, and microbial genetics.
You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a supervisor to conduct your own laboratory-based scientific research project. Throughout the project, you’ll identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions.
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for graduates who already work in medical microbiology laboratories, or in a closely related field, and who want to enhance their understanding of the role of micro-organisms in health and disease. This includes:
- Diagnostic microbiology staff
- Food and water laboratory personnel
- Pharmaceutical research personnel
- Veterinary laboratory staff.
We also consider applications from people who are looking for an understanding of the advances in modern medical microbiology and its associated disciplines. This might include:
- Public health employees.
As a medical microbiology student, you’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our £10 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory. The laboratory is fitted with latest industry equipment and you’ll use this to enhance your practical skills, which are essential in a research career.
We have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers within their respective fields. These may include Dr Dany Beste (an expert in tuberculosis), Dr Alison Cottell (an expert in antibiotic and biocide bacterial resistance), and Dr Jorge Gutierrez-Merino (an expert in the use of lactic acid bacteria against inflammatory diseases).
Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
100% of our graduates from this course go on to full-time employment or further study.* Our alumni take on roles as technologists and quality control officers within the pharmaceutical industry. Many of our graduates also go on to complete a PhD, investigating an area of personal interest.
*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016-17.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also ask you to attend an interview.
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.
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Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all other components.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Selection is based upon a candidate’s application, references and an informal interview.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: October 2021
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 2 years
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
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Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.