12 months
27000 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
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The Infection Biology programme at The University of Manchester will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to join the global fight against infectious diseases which threaten humanity.


Course description

As exemplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, infectious disease remains a major cause of human death but. Novel treatments are required to meet this challenge as the efficacy of antimicrobial interventions, including the potency of vaccines, continues to decline. The discovery of novel preventative and therapeutic interventions now critically dependent upon a detailed mechanistic understanding of disease processes, their impact upon human pathobiology and the feasibility of therapeutically targeting such mechanisms.

With a view to training a generation of infection biologists equipped with the skills to tackle this global challenge, the Infection Biology programme at The University of Manchester provides outstanding academic and research training in the molecular and cellular basis of host-microbe interactions in health and disease.

You will learn directly from internationally recognised scientists through joint research, thereby securing a sustained interaction with expert mentors for the duration of the course. The course provides research training in fundamental aspects of infectious diseases, microbial (viral, bacterial, helminth and fungal) pathogenesis, host interactions, antimicrobial immunity, and antimicrobial therapy. For the talented student this course provides an excellent training prior to registration for a PhD.

This course will equip you with:

  • a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of molecular microbiology and antimicrobial immunology; 
  • a thorough understanding of methods for analysing the biological functions and physiological relevance of microbial virulence factors and host responses to pathogenic challenge;  
  • a working knowledge of mechanistic approaches to problem-solving in molecular and cellular biomedical science; 
  • an understanding of a wide repertoire of cutting edge scientific methods including flow cytometry, single cell technologies, next generation sequencing, imaging and proteomics;
  • transferable skills in critical reasoning and reflection, collaborative team working, scientific communication, use of IT/health informatics, innovation in the application of knowledge to practice and logical/systematic approaches to solving problems and making decisions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Technologies Workshops
  • Host-pathogen interactions in health and disease
  • Journal Club Tutorial Unit
  • Grant Application Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in:

  • biological science 
  • biomedical science

 Students with different academic backgrounds and relevant career experience (eg working in the biotech or pharmaceutical industries) will be considered, keeping in mind the academic potential of the individual. Such students will be accepted onto the course on a discretionary basis after application and interview.

We also encourage applications from intercalating medical students who have demonstrated an interest and aptitude in biomedical sciences. This will be assessed both by interview and the production of a personal statement. Minimal requirement for admission will be satisfactory achievement in years 1-3 of the undergraduate medical programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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