Careers in Mycology

There are a variety of careers open to those interested in fungal biology who can apply aspects of their knowledge of mycology. These include the fields of academia, conservation and ecology, and biotechnology. Some possible career options are listed below:


  • University teaching and research
  • Research Institutes
  • Science school teaching


  • Herbarium Collector/Keeper
  • Museum Collections/book preservation
  • Environmental survey work
  • Forestry Management
  • Conservation of buildings and survey of ‘sick building’ syndrome
  • Veterinary mycology


  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agricultural including disease management
  • Mushroom production
  • Recycling/composting/waste management
  • Biofuel production
  • Food and drink production e.g. cheese/bread/alcohol and food additives

Further details of careers in microbiology are given at the following websites:



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MSc in Medical Mycology at

University of Manchester


Did you know that the global prevalence of fungal diseases is increasing due to increase in susceptible patients (cancer therapies, organ transplantation, and chronic lung diseases) and possibly due to climate change? At the same time the number of people with expertise in fungal diseases is globally historically low.

Did you know that over 300 million people are affected by serious fungal infections worldwide and over 1.3 million people die from one every year?

 Who is this MSc for?

If you want to learn to understand the pathogenesis, diagnostics and management of infections in a greater depth and become familiar with scientific techniques & methods of research

then this MSc is for you!

 What is the course structure?

Eight 3 week taught units  (Four mycology specific units, following  four units with the other two University of Manchester microbiology MSc courses) plus a 12 week research project.

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