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MSc Antimicrobial Resistance

In collaboration with the Florey Institute.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses an increasingly serious threat to global public health. It occurs when the microorganisms that cause infection survive exposure to a medicine that would normally kill them or stop their growth. But AMR is no longer a prediction for the future, it’s happening right now with drug resistant infections already causing up to 50,000 deaths each year in Europe and the US alone.

Now more than ever we need a better understanding of the global spread of resistance in order to limit the current and impending future threat. The development and spread of AMR is complex, making prevention and control equally challenging and requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. That’s why our experts behind the University of Sheffield's multi-million pound Florey Institute have developed the MSc Antimicrobial Resistance programme to train the healthcare workers, policy makers and scientists of tomorrow. 

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Through your training you'll understand the main aspects of AMR from microbe pathogenesis and resistance mechanisms, treatment regulations, and national and international policies, to public health, agriculture and environmental factors, and potential new therapies and treatments.

If you have a strong interest in infectious disease, antibiotics and their use in healthcare and infection control then the MSc Antimicrobial Resistance programme's hands-on training coupled with lectures from our Florey scientists, NHS clinicians and biotechnology industry experts will give you a real-world insight into the different approaches utilised to tackle the global threat of AMR, ready for an exciting career implementing change in this area.

Experts in AMR research

At the Florey Institute, our scientists and clinicians research the strategies and mechanisms behind how microbes cause disease, how antibiotics selectively eradicate bacteria, as well as the strategies bacteria have evolved to resist these drugs.

It's these experts who'll train you for a career tackling AMR and its future challenges.


To apply for this course, complete the University of Sheffield's postgraduate online application form.

Online application form

You can find more information about the application process on the University's postgraduate webpages.

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Course Director: Dr Claire Turner

If you would like to know anything else about this course, contact: | +44 (0)114 222 2750

You can also visit us throughout the year:
Postgraduate open days, visit afternoons and online chats

International students
Don't meet our entry requirements? Pre-Masters at our International College

About the course

This MSc is designed to train you for a career tackling AMR and its future challenges. Throughout the course you'll develop a global appreciation of the scale of the problem through studying aspects of public health and global political engagement. Designed in collaboration with the NHS, you'll learn about the latest clinical practice in the fast-moving area of AMR and through guest lectures from experts in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, you'll gain a real-world insight into the different approaches in the challenge of overcoming this global threat.

You'll get hands-on in the lab with modules led by our Florey scientists and clinicians including: Infectious Disease and Antimicrobials, AMR and Current Clinical Practice and, Global Policy, Disease Control and New Therapies. A full module list can be found below. Our strong links with the multi-million pound Imagine: Imaging Life project will also allow you to use our state-of-the-art super resolution microscopy facilities to address basic biological problems in understanding the breadth of host-pathogen interaction as part of your studies.

The biggest part of the course is the Research Project in Antimicrobial Resistance. Here you'll spend 3 months researching an area of your choice that matches your future career aspirations that 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 and with the local Public Health England centre (Yorkshire & Humber).

In addition to technical skills and specialist knowledge of AMR, throughout your course you’ll also develop transferable skills around problem solving and communication, sought after by employers around the globe. In order to build these skills, you’ll learn through a mixture of working in a research laboratory, lectures, seminars, workshops and small group discussions. Assessment includes, but is not limited to, a project report, examinations, essays and a portfolio.

Read more about this course on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students:

MSc Antimicrobial Resistance

After your degree

Research into AMR continues to grow in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry and with increased investment in this area there are many new career opportunities for talented graduates looking to implement change in the field of antimicrobial resistance around the globe.

This course is designed to train you for a wide range of exciting careers or further study to PhD level.

Graduates will be equipped with the specialist knowledge and transferable skills to pursue careers in:

  • Public health, with the NHS or other similar organisations around the world
  • Policy making for NGOs or in industry
  • Consulting, research scientist or infection controls roles for biotechnology or pharmaceutical giants like GSK, AstraZeneca or Pfizer
  • Academia in the areas of microbiology, immunology and beyond.

Throughout your course, external lecturers will visit to give talks on their chosen career paths, allowing you to gain a better understanding of the vast range of careers available to an MSc Antimicrobial Resistance graduate.

The University's Careers Service runs workshops on CV and application writing, job hunting and preparing for interviews. They offer events where you can meet employers, and opportunities to get work experience while you study. The Careers Service will even continue to support you for three years after you graduate.

Entry requirements

For this course, we usually ask for a 2:1 BSc honours degree or equivalent in a biological science. We will also consider applicants from other science, engineering or maths backgrounds on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with professional experience may also be considered following interview.

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

We can also accept qualifications from other countries. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's webpages for international students.

Prospective international students: Your country

International pathway programmes

If you are an international student who does not meet our entry requirements, the University of Sheffield International College offers a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering programme. This programme is designed to develop your academic level in your chosen subject, introduce you to the study skills that will be vital to success and help with language if you need it.

Upon successful completion, you can progress to this degree at the University of Sheffield.

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

English Language Requirements

If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. We usually ask for:

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Overall grade of 6.5 with 6 in each component

You can find out whether you need to have an english language qualification, and which other English language qualifications we accept, on the University's webpages for international students.

English language requirements

The English Language Teaching Centre offers English language courses for students who are preparing to study at the University of Sheffield.

English Language Teaching Centre

Funding and scholarships

Funding is available, depending on your fee status, where you live and the course you plan to study. You could also qualify for a repayable postgraduate masters loan to help fund your studies.

Funding your postgraduate course

UK/EU scholarships

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We're offering 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for home students starting a taught postgraduate course in 2019 that can be used towards fees or living expenses.

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International scholarships

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We're offering 100 International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarships, each worth 25% of the original tuition fee for a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2019.

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Alumni rewards

Alumni rewards

If you’ve previously graduated from the University and intend to pursue further studies with us then you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on your tuition fees.

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Up-to-date fees can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students:

Tuition fees


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Current modules

Infectious Disease and Antimicrobials (30 credits)

Through your study on this module, you'll develop fundamental knowledge of infectious disease and antimicrobial mechanisms with a particular focus on the history of infectious disease, and the infectious mechanisms used by pathogenic organisms, including: virulence strategies; transmission; colonisation; and biofilms. You'll explore the host response to microorganisms, including the innate and acquired immune responses. Our resident microbiome and the mechanism of action of antibiotics will be discussed, as will common strategies employed by pathogens to circumvent drug treatment. Through lectures and hands-on experience in the lab, this module will develop your abilities to perform laboratory techniques and present reports on these experiments.

AMR and Current Clinical Practice (30 credits)

Led by Florey scientists and clinicians, in this module we'll examine current clinical practice in relation to antimicrobial resistant infections, both in the UK and globally. We'll discuss why it's a problem now and the implications for the future, describe how resistance arises and compare and contrast different antimicrobial resistant infections. We'll study the different aspects of clinical practice, examining case studies and the successful reduction in MRSA cases in the UK before discussing and debating the ethics of antimicrobial stewardship and treatment, and the impact this has on clinical practice.

Global Policy, Disease Control and New Therapies (30 credits)

Through a series of lectures, this module will teach you about the most recent and cutting-edge developments in alternative antimicrobial strategies from across the university. You'll address the challenges and interdisciplinary approaches in combating antimicrobial resistance and cover local, national and global policy, epidemiology and surveillance strategies centred around antimicrobial resistance. We'll introduce and discuss the concept of ‘One Health’ and the importance of other contributory factors of antimicrobial resistance such as environmental and agricultural and you'll learn about the development of new therapies from biological and chemical research as well as an industrial perspective. 

Developing Communication Skills (15 credits)

Effective communication skills are sought after by employers and this module has been designed to equip you with the skills required for an online-focused fast-paced social-media world. Through workshops and tutorials, you'll be introduced to film, audio and online publishing production, including editing skills and over the course of the module you'll create a portfolio of work. You'll also study the ethics of science communication and how to present yourself to an audience.

Research and Communication across the Disciplines (15 credits)

Through this module you'll hear about cutting-edge research from leading experts through seminars. You'll attend cross-discipline research forum meetings and specialist seminar series across the university, and participate in a research symposium held in the summer. You'll learn how to engage with primary research material and gain experience presenting and discussing complex issues raised in these seminar sessions with your peers. You'll also understand good ethical practice within academic research and explore how various career pathways linked to the MSc Antimicrobial Resistance work.

Research Project in Antimicrobial Resistance (60 credits)

The aim of the module is to provide the opportunity to learn and apply appropriate research and analytical methodologies to test specific hypotheses across any discipline pertaining to AMR. The module will also allow students to develop skills necessary for conveying the aims and results of their investigation to a scientific audience in the form of an assessed dissertation and a poster. Students will be supervised individually, and supervision will be the responsibility of an academic member of staff.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.