What will I learn?

Infectious diseases are responsible for a quarter of all deaths and are a major cause of death in infants and young children. The sheer diversity of pathogens and the exotic mechanisms they have evolved to escape the human immune system make them a fascinating topic to study. On the MBiolSci, you will hone your research and laboratory skills and extend your medically specialised BSc programme into a fourth year of masters level study.Do you want to know more about infectious diseases, which are responsible for a third of all deaths and are a major cause of death in infants and young children? This four-year MBiolSci in Medical Biosciences (Microbiology) will give you a thorough understanding of the range, type, structure and physiology of infectious organisms that cause disease in humans; including the major microbial diseases.You will appreciate how such organisms infect the human body, understand how microbes can promote both health and disease, and how infections are prevented, managed or cured. This course will allow you to learn from both research and clinical scientists so that you can understand the management of infectious disease in clinical environments. The first three years are identical to the Medical Microbiology BSc, including the option to spend a Year in Industry or a Year Abroad between Years 2 and 3. Your fourth year then lets you focus on refining your research and lab skills - while also putting into practice your employability skills - by conducting a research project in one of six specialist areas.The analytical and critical skills you acquire by studying an MBiolSci in Medical Sciences are particularly valued by PhD supervisors, researchers and employers in non-scientific fields.What's the difference?At the University of Leicester, we offer seven Biological Science subjects and four Medical Bioscience subjects, all as both BSc (three years) and MBiolSci (four years), plus a Foundation Year option, giving you an impressive range of 23 different courses to choose from.Biological Science covers major aspects of biology and molecular science across a wide range of organisms from bacteria and fungi to humans and plants. All 14 courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.Medical Science allows you to select specialist modules that focus more closely on the application of biological principles to medicine. All eight courses share a common first year so you can change to a different degree before the end of Year 1.It is possible to switch between a Biological Science course and a Medical Bioscience course during the first half of your first year, but after that the two fields diverge.

Which department am I in?

Biological Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 - 5 Years)

Tuition fees
£21,750.00 (US$ 29,479) per year
Year Abroad: £5,437.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee. Year in Industry: £3,262.50, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 September 2022


Main Site

University Road,



LE1 7RH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants who choose to study a language at Advanced Level should have an A-Level in that language (French, Spanish or Italian). Applicants who choose to study a language at Beginner's level should have an A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is currently home to over 4,000 international students, making it a wonderfully multicultural place to study.

  • A leading UK research university
  • 37th in UK & 170th globally, THE World University Rankings
  • A progressive, thoughtful and research-driven institution
  • Over 300 degree programmes and courses on offer

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