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MSc Microbiology and Infection

The Microbiology and Infection programme from University of Birmingham provides you with sound theoretical and hands-on laboratory experience in cutting-edge microbiology.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £26,640 per full
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

The course is set within the context of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham, the largest grouping of microbiologists in the UK.

This Microbiology and Infection programme from University of Birmingham is built on the combined expertise in microbiology and infection that has been assembled through the establishment of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham.

It draws on the internationally recognized expertise of members of both the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and College of Medical and Dental Sciences to provide a course that will be attractive to aspiring biomedical scientists and clinical microbiologists worldwide.

Students graduating from this course can look forward to gaining a thorough grounding in this important area, with job opportunities throughout the public and private sector, as well as in research settings.

Courses included:

  • Core concepts and skills in Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology (Practice and Applications)
  • Host-Microbe Interactions
  • Antimicrobials and Resistance
  • Microbial Physiology and Virulence
  • Omics of Microbes

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


The course will give you a thorough grounding in this important and topical area of biomedical science, enabling your entry into employment in health-related positions including hospital and public health laboratories, industry (biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other sectors) and regulatory or quality assurance functions in the public sector or industry. It will also prepare you to work in an academic research setting, or studying for a PhD as the next step on a research-based career path.


Minimum lower second class (2.ii) Honours degree (or equivalent overseas degree) in a suitable Biosciences or biomedical subject, such as; Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, Biology, Biosciences, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary medicine or Biomedical sciences.

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