Taught course

Medical Microbiology

The University of Manchester · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum 2:1), or overseas equivalent, is required for direct entry to the programme. Flexibility on entry requirements will be considered for candidates with proven appropriate professional experience. Under these circumstances candidates will be considered on an individual basis. The programme is suitable for graduates in: Microbiology Virology Medical laboratory sciences Medicine Veterinary medicine Dentistry Pharmacy Other biology degrees with an element of microbiology

Months of entry


Course content

This programme has been specifically designed for graduates who wish to develop their skills as microbiologists or virologists. The programme aims to result in a significant level of theoretical and practical understanding, which will be important for those wishing to follow a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research.

This programme has its roots in a prestigious qualification developed early in the 1920s by Professor WCC Topley. As such, it can be considered to be the oldest taught postgraduate microbiology qualification in the country, and probably in the world. In more recent times the MSc in Medical Microbiology programme has become well established consolidating our microbiology teaching. The MSc and Diploma in Medical Microbiology are intensive full-time or part-time postgraduate taught programmes encompassing the medical and molecular aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunity to infection. The Manchester microbiology programmes are unique, because our students spend much of their time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be microbiologists.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing Paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 233 with 5.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE) Internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

School of Medicine
+44 (0)161 275 1909