Medical Microbiology MSc
Why choose this course
With the rise of antibiotic resistant microbes and the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases, there’s never been a more important time to join our forward-thinking course and study this critical subject.
Our part-time day release course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, and it’s designed for those already working in the field who aspire to become leaders in their profession.
Our course is guaranteed to increase your scientific understanding of medical microbiology and develop your critical and analytical skills.
What you will study
By studying medical microbiology with us, 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 will also learn about how the human body reacts to infection (immunology) and how to detect, control and treat infectious disease.
While we deepen your knowledge of microbiology, we’ve also designed our course so that you develop the management and research skills you need to continue to grow your career.
MSc - Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
All our lecture modules are offered as stand-alone short courses and are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences for the purposes of continuing professional development.
Each of your modules will last for five or six weeks, with the lectures taking place on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. If you only want to attend the lectures, you can; alternatively, you may decide to take the assessment and acquire credits which may contribute to a postgraduate qualification, either here at Surrey or elsewhere.
You can take up to three modules as stand-alone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc course and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree.
The fee structure for short courses is different to that for registered students. You can find out more about our fees and module timings by contacting to the course administrator.
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
- Pharmaceutical research personnel
- Veterinary laboratory staff
- Food and water laboratory personnel.
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 personnel
BESTE D Dr (Biosc & Med)
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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:
Year 1 (part-time)
|MANAGEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH||Compulsory||1|
|EPIDEMIOLOGY, DISEASE CONTROL AND PUBLIC HEALTH||Compulsory||2|
|MICROBIAL GENETICS AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (INCLUDING PRACTICAL WEEKS)||Compulsory||2|
Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7
Modules MMIM015, MMIM016, MMIM017 and MMIM018” OR MMIM021, MMIM031, MMIM023, MMIM024
Year 2 (part-time)
Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7
Modules MMIM021, MMIM031, MMIM023, MMIM024” OR MMIM015, MMIM016, MMIM017 and MMIM018
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 course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
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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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.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 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.