Biomedical Research (Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection)
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MRes

Biomedical Research (Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection)

Training in the fundamental aspects of bacterial pathogenesis for a career in biomedical research.

Receive training in fundamental aspects of bacterial pathogenesis for a career in biomedical research

Discover the latest developments in bacterial pathogenesis and apply technologically advanced approaches to biomedical research questions

Develop your research expertise on two five-month research projects

Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in an appropriate subject

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Course overview

Develop skills towards a career in biomedical research before specialising in bacterial pathogenesis and infection on this Master's course.

On this stream of the MRes in Biomedical Research, you'll build an appreciation of molecular approaches to understanding infection, immunity and antibiotic susceptibility at the host-pathogen interface.

Your training will explore both theoretical and practical elements of biomedical sciences, with teaching delivered through lectures and technical workshops.

Two research projects provide an opportunity to explore developments in bacterial pathogenesis and apply technologically-advanced approaches to biomedical research questions.

Choose your stream

You have the option of choosing our general biomedical research stream, or one of seven specialisms. All of our biomedical research streams have the same course structure and each stream has its own tailored set of projects alongside a core programme of lectures, seminars and practical classes.

You should consider which stream is right for you according to your career aims and background. If an offer of admission is made, it will correspond to a specific stream. Switching streams is not possible once you have commenced your studies.

This stream is now closed for 2023 entry. Applications are still open for other MRes Biomedical Research streams. Please see the list below.

Is this stream for you?

This stream is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in bacterial pathogenesis and infection research, whether it be in academia, industry or government. To date, the vast majority of our graduates have gone on to study for a PhD.

This stream specialises in bacterial infection biology and is based within the Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection (CMBI), which was renamed as the Centre for Bacterial Resistance Biology (CBRB) in Sep 2022. Please visit the CBRB website to find out more about group leaders and their research. Several other groups with interest in these topics also offer projects on the BPI stream.

This stream is delivered by the Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction in collaboration with the Department of Infectious Disease.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

Core modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Demonstrations and seminars
  • Workshops
  • Computing labs
  • Journal clubs
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Lab-based learning
  • ID badge for site visit or facility tour
    Facility Tours
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Debates

Balance of assessment


  • Grant writing exercise
  • Research projects

  • 10% Grant writing exercise
  • 90% Research projects

Assessment methods

  • Microscope for lab work
    Laboratory-based research
  • Computer-based research
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Papers from a written report
    Research reports
  • Oral assessment

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


Your future career

Test tubes

Acquire transferable skills relevant to a career in bacterial pathogenesis and infection research, whether in academia, industry, or government.

Person with magnifying glass over head

Develop the skills necessary to plan, conduct, publish, and obtain funding for successful research.

Teacher in front of classroom

Expert leaders in the field provide practical training for a research career.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Our graduates often pursue further study in doctoral research.

Terms and conditions

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You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications