MSc Medical and Molecular Virology

beginning September 2022, University of Manchester, England.

As demonstrated by the recent pandemic, many of the world’s greatest global health challenges arise from viral infections such as SARS-CoV-2, other novel coronaviruses, HIV, and the Ebola and Zika viruses. To tackle these major health threats, we need well-trained virologists with the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent such disease.

Our MSc Medical and Molecular Virology course will provide education and training in medical virology to equip you with the molecular skills and knowledge to understand the increasingly important role molecular and bioinformatic analysis plays in modern virology.

You will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of viruses, the diseases they cause and how they cause them. You will also learn how to diagnose, control and prevent infections in individuals and in communities.

Later in the course, you will choose a research project and carry it out under the supervision of an academic or clinical supervisor, depending on your interests. This is your opportunity to study a relevant and topical question in medical virology using state-of-the-art techniques and facilities.

By combining academic study with the practice of clinical virology in the health service, our MSc is highly relevant and at the cutting edge of medical and molecular virology.


Our graduates will possess the knowledge, understanding, specialist practical skills and critical analysis skills to take up roles as virologists in the context of clinical, medical, diagnostic, academic or research settings.

They will understand the Global health impact of viral infections and be able to make a positive contribution to tackling the challenges associated with managing this impact.

Each student will develop an appreciation and understanding of research along with the practical and intellectual skills needed to undertake independent problem solving in virology.

Special features

Clinical virology expertise

Clinical Virologists from local NHS laboratories contribute to teaching on our course and offer research projects based on current clinical problems in their everyday clinical and laboratory practice.

Hands-on laboratory experience

You will gain practical laboratory experience during all of our taught units and then undertake a substantial laboratory based research project. In silico projects based on viral genome sequence analysis are also available.

Various study options

You can study either full-time or part-time on both the MSc and Certificate routes, enabling you to fit learning around your other commitments if needed. The part-time route requires full-time attendance for certain periods.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through lectures, seminars, e-learning, group discussions and extended case study-based practical laboratories. You will be encouraged to develop independent thinking and leadership skills.

You will also learn to plan and design a research project using a blended learning approach through online resources and discussion with an individually assigned supervisor.

You will carry out a 6 month research project that addresses a real-world problem in virology.

General Information

Date: beginning September 2022

Location: University of Manchester, England

For more information and detailed program visit the website.

Published in GI-Mail 05/2022 (English edition).

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