Clinical Microbiology

University of Nottingham

M.Sc. Online
36 months
24390 GBP/year
8010 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Clinical Microbiology programme offered at University of Nottingham provides training in clinical microbiology with an emphasis on patient management and infection control. 


The Clinical Microbiology programme offered at University of Nottingham is delivered through distance learning meaning you can study with us from anywhere in the world. It is offered part-time providing flexibility to study alongside work or around your lifestyle.

The course is aimed at healthcare professionals or new graduates aiming for a career in healthcare, specialising in clinical microbiology. It is also appealing to medically qualified students who wish to pursue training towards obtaining Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) status. The course is open to home, EU and international students and is 100% online-based.

You will be trained in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, with particular emphasis on patient management and infection control.

Key facts

  • The course has received full accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
  • The School of Life Sciences has an excellent reputation for cutting-edge research in a range of biomedical and related fields
  • The school has been awarded Athena SWAN Silver status. Athena SWAN champions good working practices to advance the representation of women in STEMM subjects.
  • We've been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Careers and professional development

The MSc graduates are very much in demand by employers in both the private and public sectors and have the opportunity to establish successful careers in a range of areas.

The Clinical Microbiology MSc (Distance Learning) enables you to acquire advanced knowledge of molecular and clinical microbiology to prepare you for hospital-based clinical microbiology, infectious disease and public health positions. In addition, you will gain numerous transferable skills which are applicable to a wide variety of vocations and career opportunities.

Many UK-based students will go on to do FRCPath exams, take up positions as trainee diagnostic microbiologists (Biomedical Scientists) or Clinical Scientists, or pursue higher degrees such as PhD or MD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Medical Microbiology
  • Viral Pathogenesis and Infection 
  • Human Pathogens 
  • Diagnostic Microbiology and Laboratory Methods 
  • Research Methods and Statistics 
  • Clinical Syndromes in Infectious Disease
  • Prevention and Treatment of Infection 
  • Infection Control and Public Health

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class
Lower Second Class (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 hons degree or international equivalent
  • Applicants with a 2:2 or international equivalent may be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24390 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24390 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8010 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

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Clinical Microbiology
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