Microbiology (MSc): 3-year, part-time

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


Three years part-time


Two evenings a week, October to September

This 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/expertise in cell biology of infectious diseases, host-parasite relationships and drug discovery across a wide range of infectious pathogens/bacteriology, mycology 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 2014 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.

Course structure

The programme consists of lectures and practicals, with a research project in the second year. Students on the three-year programme take modules worth 60 credits each year.

Topics include:

  • Bacterial pathogenicity
  • Antimicrobials
  • Medical bacteriology
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Parasitology
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Research skills in microbiology.

Module groups

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