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Medical Mycology (MSc)

Our master's is the only practical-led mycology course in the UK.

Medical Mycology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Course overview

This MSc in Medical Mycology explores the epidemiological, diagnostic, medical and molecular aspects of fungal disease and immunity to infection.

Our course will help you build the theoretical and practical understanding of mycology you need to pursue a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research, both in the UK and overseas.

You will spend much of your time in the laboratory learning how to be a mycologist, as well as undertaking work experience. You will learn from world-leading scientists, microbiologists and clinicians.

This MSc is suitable for graduates in microbiology and virology, as well as related science degree courses such as medicine and dentistry or other degrees with a microbiology element.

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Medical Mycology CPD courses

Four units from this course have been adapted to run as standalone CPD courses accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists and the Institute of Biomedical Science. More information can be found on the Medical Mycology CPD page.

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Related research

Our current research areas include:

  • basic mechanisms of disease and antifungal resistance;
  • molecular epidemiology and taxonomy;
  • provision of tools and access for Aspergillus genome analysis;
  • epidemiology of fungal infection in the UK.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
Master of Science
MSc 1 yr FT/ 2.5 yrs PT
Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent is required for direct entry to the programme.

Non-standard applicants for the programme will be considered on an individual basis, but may be required to enrol initially on the postgraduate diploma course.

Our course is suitable for graduates in:

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Mycology
  • Medical Virology
  • Medical Laboratory sciences
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Other biology degrees with a significant component of human biology and medical microbiology.
International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
10 - 12 places will be offered for the 2017 intake. 
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Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
How to apply

We recommend you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.


Your application form must have the following documents:

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than 3 years. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated
  • Official University transcripts (with translations if not in English)
  • A personal statement - approximately 250-500 words detailing your interest in (i) the course and (ii) a career in medical mycology.
  • Full curriculum vitae including voluntary experience
  • A scanned copy of your passport if you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK
  • If English is not your first language, we require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, sent directly to . We are unable to consider your application until we have received all of the documents listed above.

You must include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Our Medical Mycology MSc course offers intensive full-time or part-time learning covering the epidemiological, diagnostic, medical and molecular aspects of fungal disease and immunity to infection.

This course is ideal if you are a graduate who wishes to develop your skills as a mycologist. You will gain a significant level of theoretical understanding and practical skills, which will be important for following a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research in the UK or overseas.

Our course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a mycologist. We provide a number of hands-on practical sessions linked with each module, as well as work experience at the NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester (MRCM), clinics and ward rounds. This will ensure that you graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue a specialist career in diagnostic, clinical or academic settings, and will provide you with comprehensive skills to set up good quality diagnostic services around the world.

In addition, the faculty for this course is of an exceptionally high standard, with a number of world-leading scientists, microbiologists and clinicians involved.

The University of Manchester Fungal Infection Research Group (MFIG) - a world-leading unit for basic, applied, translational and clinical fungal research - is aligned to the international LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) initiative.

This course runs parallel to the MSc Medical Microbiology and MSc Medical Virology courses, with long traditions and an excellent reputation in their fields.

Open days

See the University website for details of postgraduate open days


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £10,750
  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
    International students (per annum): £8,600
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,900
    International students (per annum): £4,300
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,600
    International students (per annum): £17,200
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,800
    International students (per annum): £8,600

The fees quoted above are fully inclusive of course tuition, administration, laboratory costs & bench fees and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for international students for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees or provide a sponsor letter (which we must first confirm), before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.