Taught course

Clinical and Molecular Microbiology

University of Nottingham · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in any relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn state-of-the-art microbiology techniques, acquire a broad base of theoretical knowledge and gain hands-on practical experience in clinical microbiology. This masters programme is ideal for NHS staff looking to expand their understanding of microbiology in a hospital or clinical setting.

The course aims to provide training in theoretical and practical aspects of medical microbiology with a focus on clinical methods for diagnosis and patient management, and molecular biological techniques in research and diagnostic labs. You'll gain basic and advanced knowledge of important viral, bacterial and parasitic infections and how these infections are diagnosed and treated in the clinic.

Part-time for NHS trust laboratory workers

You can choose to study this course full-time for one year or part-time for two years. If you wish to register on a part-time basis, you must

  • be affiliated to an NHS trust laboratory and be able to attend academic lectures at the University of Nottingham on one day release per week from your place of work.
  • conduct your research project in your employer's laboratory.

We welcome applications from home, EU and international students.

During this course, you'll be able to choose between two specialist pathways:

  • Clinical - this pathway enables you to learn more about infectious diseases and classical laboratory-based methods of diagnosis.
  • Molecular - this pathway is ideal for those who are interested in molecular microbiology research and development.

In addition to 120 credits of taught modules, you'll also undertake a 60-credit Research Project conducted over four months in the laboratory of a member of research staff within the school or faculty.

This module will enable you to experience contemporary research methods by performing experiments, systematic reviews, or other research activities aimed at solving a specific biomedical problem or hypothesis. The Research Project is conducted during the spring semester and continues into the summer months.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5151