Taught course

Microbiology and Immunology

University of Nottingham · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. The course is also offered to medical and veterinary graduates wishing to pursue a career in immunology or microbiology; applicants with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) may be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Microbiology and Immunology is a one-year full time course designed to provide students with knowledge in two complementary disciplines, stressing the challenges posed by pathogens and how they shape immune responses.

Students will learn about clinically relevant pathogens through an introductory module on Medical Microbiology and two specialised modules on Bacterial and Viral pathogenesis.
Students will learn about the immune system through an introductory module on the theme of Immunity and the Immune system and a module on the ability of the innate immune system to sense the presence of pathogens and instruct the acquired immune system. Therapeutic targets and tools will be discussed in the Therapeutic Immunology module.
Provision for the development of practical research skills will be offered by the Research Methods in Immunology and Microbiology module, and a Research Projects leading to a dissertation.

We are committed to providing quality and cutting edge training in Microbiology and Immunology. The MSc is offered in a School that has a very sound teaching and research base, with expertise in the host-pathogen interface. The ongoing interactions between the microbiologists and immunologists within the School will guarantee exposure to the forefront of research into host-pathogen interactions.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 82 32100