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Birkbeck, University of London: Microbiology

Institution Birkbeck, University of London
Department Biological Sciences
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Our MSc Microbiology is a research-based degree, providing you with essential training in scientific research methodology and data analysis, as well as specific scientific techniques appropriate to the research microbiologist.

The course draws from the Department of Biological Sciences' research strengths and expertise in cell biology of infectious diseases, host-parasite relationships and drug discovery across a wide range of infectious pathogens/bacteriology and parasitology. You will undertake a research project in the laboratories of internationally recognised researchers.


  • Designed for people who want to learn about the nature of microbes - and how to work with them.

  • Also suitable for microbiologists who want to update and expand their knowledge.

  • Department awarded the highest grading for quality of teaching and learning in the latest Quality Assurance Agency assessment.

  • In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.


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