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Medical Virology student at the University of Manchester

Medical Virology (MSc)

This taught course develops the skills required for a career as a virologist – a key role in the fight against public health threats such as Ebola and HIV.

Medical Virology Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Overview

Our Medical Virology MSc/PGDip course enables students to develop a deep theoretical and practical understanding of virology in an era of emerging viral infections.

The topics you will cover include the medical and molecular aspects of virology, bacteriology and mycology, along with immunity to infection and epidemiology. 

You will explore the current issues and concepts in medical virology, acquiring the academic and practical skills necessary to make independent, informed judgements in relation to these issues.

You will also benefit from hands-on learning thanks to the course's particular focus on practical, laboratory-based teaching, equipping you with skills valued by employers and paving the way for a career in clinical sciences or further research.

The MSc course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (IBMS).

Related research

Our research interests range from basic science to applied and population-based medicine across a range of clinical specialties.

Learn more

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
MSc
Duration
MSc: 12/24 mths (FT/PT); PGDip: 9/24 mths (FT/PT)
Entry requirements

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

Non-standard applicants 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:

  • microbiology
  • virology
  • medical laboratory sciences
  • medicine
  • veterinary medicine
  • dentistry
  • pharmacy
  • other biology degrees with an element of 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
15 - 20 places are available for the September 2017 intake
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
How to apply

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. Applications will remain open until the beginning of the next academic year; however, 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.

Application

Your application form must have the following supporting documents.

  • Two academic references on letter-headed paper, signed and dated within six months of the application submission date. References emailed directly from a referee's academic email address will also be accepted. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than five years prior to applying and the work undertaken is in a field related to the course. 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).
  • Full CV.
  • Personal Statement.
  • 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 sent directly to pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . 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

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Course description

In the era of AIDS, avian and swine Influenza, and other emerging viral infections, the importance of medical virology as a co-discipline with medical microbiology is increasingly recognised.

The MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Virology are intensive full-time or part-time postgraduate taught courses encompassing the medical and molecular aspects of virology, bacteriology and mycology, as well as immunity to infection and epidemiology.

You will explore the current issues and concepts in medical virology, and acquire the academic and practical skills necessary to make independent, informed judgements in relation to these issues.

A unique feature of this course is the focus on practical, laboratory-based teaching; you will spend time in the laboratory, learning how to be a virologist.

We aim to give you a theoretical and practical understanding of medical virology, which will be important if you want to follow a career in clinical sciences or academic or industrial research.

The programme runs in parallel with the MSc in Medical Microbiology and the MSc in Medical Mycology .

Watch a short film about studying for MSc/PGDip Medical Microbiology and MSc/PGDip Medical Virology at The University of Manchester.

Open days

See the University website for details of postgraduate open days .

Fees

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
  • 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 will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration 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.

Scholarships/sponsorships

None available