Why choose this course
The study of veterinary microbiology helps us to protect against and treat diseases in animals, from pets to livestock.
Our MSc in Veterinary Microbiology is run in partnership with local, pioneering veterinary research institutes (Pirbright, the Animal and Plant Health Agency and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate). It offers an in-depth understanding of veterinary infectious diseases and global issues such as antimicrobial resistance, and their associated impact on humankind.
What you will study
Our MSc in Veterinary Microbiology covers exciting topics such as molecular biology, immunology and microbiology, offering specialist practical training in the diagnosis of important viral and bacterial diseases of global animal and human health importance. You will study complex mechanisms of host-microbe interactions that are involved in the pathogenesis of specific animal diseases and gain insight into the relevant diagnostic methods and interventions, such as vaccines.
You will enhance critical and analytical skills, while gaining hands-on experience in the diagnosis of veterinary diseases. This will allow you to identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions. You’ll also benefit from our partner institutions, including APHA, VMD, the Pirbright Institute and Public Health England.
Who is this course for?
This full or part-time course has been designed for graduates, those already working in veterinary diagnostic and research laboratories and staff from other laboratories who want to enhance their understanding of the role of micro-organisms in animal health and disease.
Pharmaceutical research personnel, policymakers, veterinarians, public health personnel and environmental biologists will also benefit from studying our MSc in Veterinary Microbiology.
Part-time and short course study
Most modules are offered as standalone short courses. The fee structure for short courses is different to that for registered students, and details may be obtained through admissions enquiries; please refer to the contact details on this page.
The option to study the MSc on a part-time basis is only available following successful completion of three modules as stand-alone or continuing professional development. Please contact the Faculty Student Services team for further information.
This masters course is taught by a collaboration comprising of the University of Surrey and two influential veterinary microbiology institutions: the BBSRC funded Pirbright Institute and the Government sponsored Animal and Plant Health Agency.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Public Health England also contribute to the course.
You will have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the diagnosis of important veterinary diseases within the world reference laboratories of the APHA and Pirbright Institute.
You will also be given the opportunity to visit Public Health England to gain a detailed knowledge of how zoonotic diseases outbreaks are investigated and to visit the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, a livestock abattoir or an intensive livestock farm.
Colleagues from the CEFAS laboratory will also contribute to the course, and further research training will be provided during your practical research project.
Academic staff associated with this course have research expertise in the fields of microbial physiology and biochemistry, molecular biology, virology, mycology, parasitology, bacteriology, food microbiology, immunology, toxicology, nutrition, veterinary microbiology, pathology and epidemiology.
Study and work abroad
There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.
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.
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:
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).
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Animal Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences (Including Animal Science), Biotechnology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Medicine, Microbiology, Nutrition, Pharmacology or Veterinary, or Zoology, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 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.
Decisions are made on the basis of the application form and supporting documents.
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 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Commuting (local travel expenses): Unable to specify amount - Students are required to visit external organisations for certain modules and must pay the associated travel expenses. In some instances coach travel is provided by the University.
Grand total: Unable to specify amount.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about 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 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.
Campus locationManor Park
Manor Park is home to the School of Veterinary Medicine, plus Surrey Sports Park and Manor Park halls of residence.