University of Glasgow: Infection Biology (with specialisms)

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught


The taught Infection Biology MSc will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses and parasites cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens. You can choose to specialise in virology, microbiology (bacteriology) or parasitology.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**


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

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.

Students can opt to specialise in one of the three areas of infection biology, and will graduate with a named specialism, i.e. MSc Infection Biology (Microbiology), MSc Infection Biology (Parasitology) or MSc Infection Biology (Virology).

Optional courses allow students to develop their interests. These are
- Diagnostic Technologies and Devices

- Drug Discovery

- Animal Models of Disease

- Current Trends and Challenges in Biomedical Research and Health

- Technology Transfer and Commercialisation of Bioscience Research

- Emerging Viruses

- Omics Technologies for Biomedical Sciences

- Bioimaging.

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 programme will consist of six taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory, and three are chosen from a series of options.
The PgDip programme will consist of six taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsory courses and three chosen from a series of options.
The PgCert programme consists of two core taught course over 3-4 months.

**Teaching and learning methods**
A variety of methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories and problem-based learning.
**Electronic resources**
Our online resources were voted the best in the United Kingdom in the International Student Barometer in 2012, and include

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. For more information, please see: Student contract.


Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

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 ...

View Profile

Not what you are looking for?

Browse other courses in Medicine (general and para-medical), Medicine and surgery, Immunology, Science or Biology, or search our comprehensive database of postgrad programs.

Scholarship Opportunity with

Are you a PG student at this University or have you applied to study a postgraduate program at a university in Europe? Tell us your plans and qualify for a £500.00 PGS Scholarship.

Click here

Register with

  • Exclusive bursaries
  • Open day alerts
  • Latest PG news
Register Now!