Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree in a related discipline, plus successful interview.

Your undergraduate background may be in a wide range of Science subjects including, but not limited to, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Bioveterinary Science, Forensic Science or Microbiology. If you are unsure if your background is suitable, please get in touch with the academic contact detailed below.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Microbiology aims to equip graduates with the advanced knowledge and skills required to embark on further research or employment in industries striving to solve major global challenges such as antibiotic resistance and the providence of clean drinking water.

This programme is designed to provide the theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical skills to ensure a solid grounding in core and applied microbiology, along with the transferable skills which are essential to enhance your employability options. This aims to prepare graduates for a broad range of careers within industrial, commercial, government and environmental settings and further postgraduate study.
During the course, you will have the opportunity to investigate diverse areas of microbiology which are of concern to the healthcare, environmental, ecological and biotechnological sectors. You will also have the chance to undertake research in relation to medical, environmental or industrial microbiology, which can further enhance your knowledge, skills and career options.
Staff offer expertise in medical, industrial and environmental microbiology, molecular, cell and system biology, recombinant DNA technology, protein biochemistry, structural biology, fermentation, bioengineering and many other areas. In addition to this, students can also hear from external guest speakers from industry and other schools within the University.

Information for international students

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,670 (reduction with scholarships)
International students
£15,700 (reduction with scholarships)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Clare Miller
+44 (0) 1522 83 7364