University of Glasgow: Infection Biology (Virology Specialism) MSc

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Study type Taught


The University of Glasgow has the largest grouping of human and veterinary virologists in the UK. Fundamental research on viruses and viral diseases lies at the core of our mission to translate knowledge to benefit the health of society. Our research programmes span a wide breadth of topics across whole populations to the subcellular level. Key defining features of our expertise include viral ecology and epidemiology, in vivo patho-genesis, diagnostics, molecular virology, viral immunology, vaccines, viral oncology, structural virology and virus genomics and bioinformatics. These programmes are supported by an extensive and state-of-the-art infrastructure and will help students understand how viruses replicate, disseminate, and sometimes cause disease, enabling students to develop a career as a virologist.

September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**


The University of Glasgow is ranked top 20 in the UK for Biological Sciences (Sunday Times 2018).

Our scientists and clinicians have provided consultancy, contract research and collaborative research that has delivered research findings into real world solutions.

This postgraduate degree in Infection Biology allows you to study in an institute housing two UK national centres of excellence in Virology and Parasitology, and active in the Scottish Infection Research Network (SlRN), a key clinical focus on healthcare-related research.

You will work in the laboratories of internationally recognised infection biology researchers, conducting high quality basic, translational and clinical science.

This MSc in Infection Biology provides access to a combination of highly specialised equipment, unique in Scotland, including cutting edge in vitro and invivo research facilities for biological imaging, high content screening microscopy, and a state of the art polyomics facility bringing together metabolomics, proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and the integration of data sets with bioinformatics.

You can attend guest lectures and workshops from scientists and clinicians working in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology fields.

You can carry out a research project in an internationally recognised centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in infection biology.

This MSc Infection Biology integrates infection biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques, and offers breadth in covering bacteria, viruses and parasites.

We have excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, and with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.

Students have the opportunity to carry out a research project in an internationally recognised centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in the field of infection biology.


The MSc in Infection Biology aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which pathogens cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens. Students will study selected pathogenic organisms, the molecular mechanisms involved in disease pathogenesis, and how the infections are controlled, treated and prevented.
The programme comprises a series of taught modules covering topics such as host-pathogen interactions, diagnostic technologies, drug discovery, animal models of disease, emerging viruses, Omics technologies and bioimaging. Importantly, students have a choice in some of these modules.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
  • 95.9% of students in employment or ...

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