Taught course

Medical Virology

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in:

  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Medical laboratory sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Other biology degrees with an element of microbiology.

Non-standard applicants for the course will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on the PGDip course.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Medical Virology course covers the medical and molecular aspects of virology, bacteriology and mycology, as well as immunity to infection and epidemiology.

In the era of AIDS, avian and swine influenza, and other emerging viral infections, the importance of medical virology as a co-discipline with medical microbiology is increasingly being recognised.

You will explore the current issues and concepts in medical virology, and acquire the academic and practical skills necessary to make independent, informed judgements in relation to these issues.

A unique feature of our course is the focus on practical, laboratory-based teaching; you will spend time in the laboratory, learning how to be a virologist.

At the end of our course, you will be prepared for a career in clinical sciences or academic or industrial research.

This course runs alongside our MSc Medical Microbiology course.

Information for international students

International applicants from non-majority English speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. A list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here . We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course if your current IELTS scores are lower.

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 20 in writing)
  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing and enrolment and attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5)
  • IELTS: 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing and enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)

Please note that no offers will be made for the next academic year if your current IELTS score is 4.5 or less (TOEFL: 53 IBT).

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until - which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 19 September 2018, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 19 June 2018.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5220