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PhD/MSc by Research Microbiology and Infection

The Microbiology and Infection programme from University of Birmingham will provide you with the necessary skills to contribute to research of viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (MSc by Research Full-Time)
2 years (MSc by Research Part-Time)
3 years (PhD Full-Time)
6 years (PhD Part-Time)
Starting in: Anytime
Tuition Fee: £26,040 per year full-time
£13,020 per year part-time
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

With one of the largest groupings of microbiologists in the world we are at the vanguard of innovative research into combatting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.

The Microbiology and Infection programme from University of Birmingham will provide you with high quality research training to enable you to conduct independent investigative research. We work with a range of bacterial and viral pathogens and study mechanisms of pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, pathogen transmission and drug resistance.

As one of the largest communities of microbiologists in Europe, the Institute of Microbiology and Infection offers unrivalled opportunities to build a research career. You will work closely with your supervisory team who will help you clarify your project and support your development. Your thesis will represent an original contribution to knowledge and demonstrate independent judgement.

To help you identify a supervisor related to your research area you can explore the research interests of our academic staff or explore our research groups in the following areas:

  • COVID-19 Research
  • Antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Microbial cell surface
  • The Human Microbiome
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Molecular microbiology

“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

Why study this course?

When you join your programme you will become part of the Graduate School within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences giving you access to:

  • Supervision from leading academics to support you through your research programme including research techniques and training.
  • Training and development courses to enable you to gain research and generic (transferable) training skills
  • Opportunities to attend and take part in Research Poster festivals and other postgraduate activities to boost your academic and networking skills
  • An allocated academic mentor so you can access pastoral support
  • State-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity with access to dedicated write up rooms, libraries, and computer facilities.


  • 2:1 honours degree in a subject relevant to the research area you applying to.

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