Taught course

Medical Microbiology

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also ask you to attend an interview.

Applications from candidates not possessing the qualifications mentioned above may be considered, depending on the length and quality of their experience, published works and recommendations from employers. Such candidates may be required to complete a qualifying assessment.

Months of entry


Course content

With the continual development of modern medicine and the availability of treatments, we’re seeing a rise in the number of antibiotic resistant microbes, and the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases. To effectively research and overcome these challenges, there’s a call for medical microbiologists, who are equipped with advanced skills and knowledge.

On this course, we’ll give you the tools to begin a successful career as a Medical Microbiologist, increasing your scientific understanding of medical microbiology and developing your critical analysis, management, and independent research skills.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, ensuring everything you’ll learn is relevant to the sector and valued by prospective employers.

You’ll learn about the biological and pathogenic properties of microbes, which are important to our health, as well as those which can cause disease. You'll investigate how the human body reacts to infection and how to detect, control and treat infectious disease. You’ll study topics, including antimicrobial agents, chemotherapy, epidemiology, immunology, and microbial genetics.

You’ll also get the opportunity to work alongside a supervisor to conduct your own laboratory-based scientific research project. Throughout the project, you’ll identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions.

Information for international students

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all other components.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1483 682 222