Antimicrobial Resistance, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 11500 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 26200 per year

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About Antimicrobial Resistance at University of Sheffield

Designed in collaboration with the NHS, throughout your course, you'll learn about the latest clinical practice in the fast-moving area of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) ready for an exciting career in public health, policy making, or academia. 

You'll receive training in the main aspects of AMR, including microbe pathogenesis and resistance mechanisms, treatment regulations, national and international policies, public health, agricultural and environmental factors and potential new therapies and treatments.

To broaden your knowledge and gain an understanding of AMR, you'll be taught by a wide range of academics at the forefront of the subject, from social science, engineering, clinical academics, microbiologists and other scientists. Guest lectures from experts in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, including GSK, and public health policy from Public Health England, will also introduce you to the different approaches that are being used to overcome this global threat. These lectures cover topics such as how infection outbreaks are managed in real life and how new treatments are taken through to clinical trials.

You'll get hands-on in the lab during modules led by our scientists and clinicians, where you'll gain a good understanding of host-pathogen interaction. You'll also receive training in science communication so you can explain AMR to a variety of audiences.

The biggest part of the course will be your Research Project in Antimicrobial Resistance. You'll spend three months researching an area of your choice that matches your future career aspirations and may include microbiology and host-pathogen interactions, public health or drug discovery and new therapies. Some students may have the opportunity to complete their research project with the NHS or with the local Public Health England centre (Yorkshire and Humber) where you'll focus on epidemiology of AMR and diagnostics.

Example research projects include:

  • A new mechanism for AMR? In patient heteroresistance to fluconazole in cryptococcosis and the role of macrophages
  • Targeting the lung immune response in treating AMR infection in chronic lung disease
  • Targeting neutrophils to improve the immune response to antimicrobial resistant infection
  • Combatting the mechanisms underlying antimicrobial-resistant typhoid fever with senolytic drugs
  • To kill and cure: Understanding antibiotic action to enhance activity
  • Investigation of antimicrobial resistance and other virulence determinants in Cutibacterium acnes causing prosthetic joint infections.

The Florey Institute

The Florey Institute for Host-Pathogen Interactions addresses one of the world's biggest challenges: infectious disease. Members of the Florey Institute include over 30 group leaders who are microbiologists, immunologists and clinician scientists, as well as engineers, chemists, physicists and experts in public health, modelling and politics. By working together with collaborative partners, the Florey Institute bridges the gap between science and patient care to tackle the global threat of antimicrobial resistance and rapidly evolving pathogens. As a student on this course, you'll become a member of this world leading Institute and join our cohort of PhD and MSc students.


We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School's website.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 11500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 26200 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for 2023 entry are not yet available. Please use these 2022 fees as a guide

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in molecular biology or a related subject (e.g. biochemistry, genetics, biotechnology, microbiology).

We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

We may also consider your application if you do not meet the standard academic requirements but you have relevant professional experience. An interview will be required in this case.

An existing foundation of microbiology or molecular knowledge will be useful for this course so you can get the most benefit from the teaching of our specialists from day one. We would therefore ask you to upload a short supporting statement of 500-700 words with your application. This should:

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

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