Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) MSc

This full-time two-year programme provides students with a unique and vibrant learning experience, combining taught modules from our reputable part-time programme with extensive research training.

Why Surrey?

On this programme you will study theoretical aspects of medical microbiology, encompassing the biological and pathogenic properties of microbes, their role in health and disease, the reactions of the host to infection, and the scientific basis for the detection, control and anti-microbial treatment of infectious disease. The programme provides more extensive research training than one-year, full-time MSc programmes. You will spend four days per week pursuing a research project in internationally recognised laboratories and receive a full, taught MSc programme from leading experts in the field of medical microbiology and its associated disciplines.

Programme overview

Our two-year full-time, enhanced MSc in Medical Microbiology (European Masters) is designed for theoretical and practical training in medical microbiology and its allied fields.

In the first year, students will receive lectures and practical sessions so they are prepared to start their own research project in the second year. During the programme, students join an active Research Group within the Department of Microbial and Cellular Sciences to receive their practical and research training. It is this extensive research experience that differentiates this proposed EuroMasters programme from all other UK MSc Medical Microbiology programmes, and thus graduates of this programme should be highly employable.

The programme is especially suitable for overseas students who are contemplating a PhD, and for whom the combination of a full-scale research project with a structured taught programme is particularly advantageous.

Module overview

Programme structure

The programme is designed to be completed in two years.

It consists of eight 15-credits modules in the first year, four-15 credit modules in the second year and a 60 credit research project.

Module descriptions

Viral Infections

This module covers the aetiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of viral diseases.

Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens 1

This module covers the aetiology, clinical features and pathogenesis of bacterial protozoal and fungal diseases.

Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens 2: Diagnosis and Treatment

This module covers the laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology and control of bacterial diseases. The two Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens modules and the Viral Infections module aim to consolidate and expand your prior basic knowledge and form the core of medical microbiology.

Immunology and Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease 1 and 2

These modules give you a broad, basic understanding of the cellular and biochemical mechanisms involved in protecting the host from disease. The modules highlight the roles of immunology and the infecting microorganism in the generation of pathological changes accompanying infectious disease. The modules involve a mixture of lectures and practical exercises.

Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology

This module consolidates prior basic knowledge of microbial genetics, and considers further those aspects especially relevant to medical microbiology. The module involves a mixture of lectures and practical exercises.

Epidemiology: Disease Control and Public Health

This module examines the strategies used in controlling infectious diseases, the basic methods used in epidemiology and the factors affecting disease spread. The module includes an introduction to the microbial ecology of food and water, the effects of processing/treatment and the practical measures taken to ensure a safe and wholesome supply.

Management and Life Skills

This module is an introduction to aspects of management (presentation skills, team-building, problem-solving, and so on) and the skills required for research management.

Fundamental Research Methods

This module provides training and experience in basic microbiological experimental techniques. Students will attend workshops and receive hands-on laboratory training in an active research laboratory.

Advanced Research Methods

The module provides training and practical experience of cutting edge experimental techniques. Students will receive most of their training in an active research laboratory and complete a Development Training Portfolio.

Journal club

This module teaches students how to prepare outstanding journal club presentations. It provides students with the opportunity to present and participate in a journal club and therefore practice their oral critical appraisal skills, as well as acquiring greater understanding of scientific concepts and keeping up-to-date with new findings.

Critically Reviewing the Scientific literature

This module provides training and experience in writing concise and critical scientific reviews.

Research project

All students aiming for the MSc qualification undertake a research project and submit a dissertation.

Short courses

  • Most of our lecture modules are offered as stand-alone short courses and are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • You may take up to three modules as stand-alone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree

The fee structure for short courses is different to that for registered students and details may be obtained upon enquiry to the programme administrator. Also contact the programme administrator for information regarding the timing of each module.


Full-time students register for an MSc that will be awarded after the successful completion of modules worth 240 credits, including a research project. Alternatively, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

You may also attend modules on a one-off basis to update your knowledge in a particular area.


Each taught module will be assessed by examination and / or coursework. This may take the form of essays, data analysis, practical reports or multiple choice questions.

Programme objectives

The full-time MSc Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) programme leads to the award of European Master of Science and will provide advanced training in medical microbiology. The programme has been designed to increase your scientific understanding of medical microbiology, to develop critical and analytical skills such that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have a greater depth of knowledge of medical microbiology and will have developed management and research skills which will enhance your professional activities.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have gone on to positions of responsibility within the profession, while others have opted for alternative paths including study for a PhD.

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science

Most of our lecture modules are offered as stand-alone short courses and are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

This MSc qualification is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Related programmes

Postgraduate (Taught)

Professional development

Related departments/schools

Related research areas

Programme director

Dany Beste

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 24 months

Start date:

Sep 2014

Entry Requirements

Applicants should usually possess at least a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject from an approved university. 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. Selection is based upon a candidate’s application, references and an informal interview. In special circumstances, a student may be set work for assessment before being offered a place on the programme.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 7.0

IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2014 £9,210 £17,585

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

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Surrey and Santander Scholarships

The University of Surrey are pleased to offer four scholarship schemes aimed at further enhancing our cultural diversity:

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Tullow Oil Scholarship Scheme

The University of Surrey is delighted to announce it has recently been selected to participate in the Tullow Oil Scholarship Scheme.

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Indonesia-UK DIKTI Scholarship Scheme

Open to lecturers and administrative staff at Indonesian universities.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumni of Surrey you could be eligible for a 10% discount on our Taught Masters programme fees.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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