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Medical Mycology FT MSc

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Course description

Our Medical Mycology MSc course   offers intensive full-time or part-time learning covering the epidemiological, diagnostic, medical and molecular aspects of fungal disease and immunity to infection.

This course is ideal if you are a graduate who wishes to develop your skills as a mycologist. You will gain a significant level of theoretical understanding and practical skills, which will be important for following a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research in the UK or overseas.

Our course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a mycologist. We provide a number of hands-on practical sessions linked with each module, as well as work experience at the NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester (MRCM), clinics and ward rounds. This will ensure that you graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue a specialist career in diagnostic, clinical or academic settings, and will provide you with comprehensive skills to set up good quality diagnostic services around the world.

In addition, the faculty for this course is of an exceptionally high standard, with a number of world-leading scientists, microbiologists and clinicians involved.

The University of Manchester Fungal Infection Research Group (MFIG) - a world-leading unit for basic, applied, translational and clinical fungal research - is aligned to the international LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) initiative.

This course runs parallel to the MSc Medical Microbiology and MSc Medical Virology courses, with long traditions and an excellent reputation in their fields.

Aims

Our course will provide you with an understanding of the scientific basis and practical skills of traditional and novel microbiological concepts in medical mycology.

In addition, you will develop the clinical knowledge, specialist practical skills and critical awareness needed to pursue a career in mycology.

Special features

Our course offers a significant amount of practical-based teaching, ensuring that you obtain maximum exposure to the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of clinically relevant pathogens and medical mycology laboratory management.

The practical skills you gain will be valued by potential employers.

The Faculty for the Manchester programme is of an exceptionally high standard with a number of world leading scientists, microbiologists and clinicians involved. The University of Manchester Fungal Infection Research Group (MFIG) is a world leading unit for basic, applied, translational and clinical fungal research.

The programme is run in collaboration with NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester (MRCM), the University Hospital of South Manchester, the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC), UHSM Academy, and the MFIG.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include the use of face-to-face sessions and blended learning methods with some material delivered and assessed on-line. Other teaching is delivered using lectures, seminars, tutorials, comprehensive practical classes as well as mycology reference laboratory work experience and hospital visits.

Coursework and assessment

The programme is delivered by The University of Manchester academics, and National Health Service specialists in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Mycology.

You will be assessed via continuous assessment and formal theory and practical examinations.

Course unit details

The programme will contain a high practical teaching element: we will provide a number of hands-on practicals linked with each module as well as work experience at the NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester, clinics and ward rounds. This will ensure that students graduate with the knowledge and practical skills needed to pursue a specialist career in diagnostic, clinical or academic settings, and will provide them with minimal skills to set up good quality diagnostic services around the world.

Training is provided though lectures, bench work and seminars and will cover:

Technical aspects : choice of media, culture conditions, storage or isolates, molecular diagnosis and identification (PCR, gPCR, sequencing, MALDI-TOF), typing techniques (microsatellite, MLST), antifungal susceptibility testing (CLS/EUCAST microborth dilution methods, commercially available tests), antigen/antibody detection and histopathology.

Practical aspects : Good laboratory practise, standard operating procedures, role of the laboratory in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients, spectrum of antifungal drugs and limitation and use of public and specific databases for molecular identification.

Fungal aspects : genome organisations, phylogeny, species identification, resistance mechanisms.

Medical aspects : epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria for infections caused by yeasts or filamentous fungi, management, treatment guidelines, pharmacokinetics/dynamics or antifungal drugs, and discussion of clinical cases.

Course content for year 1

The MSc programme consists of 120 Credits of taught components followed by a 60 Credit research project.

The PG Diploma programme consists of 120 credits of taught components (units 1-8).

The taught component of the programme consists of eight units as follows:

1. Research Methods (15 credits)

2. Principles of Microbiology (15 credits)

3. Understanding Infection (15 credits)

4. Fungal Disease (15 credits)

5. Molecular Diagnostics (15 credits)

6. Diagnostic Mycology (15 credits)

7. Antifungal Therapy (15 credits)

8. Global Health and Epidemiology (15 credits)

Part-time students must complete the taught units in order of 1-8

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Practical MicrobiologyMEDN6851115Mandatory
Immunity and InfectionMEDN6861115Mandatory
Global Health and EpidemiologyMEDN6864215Mandatory
Fungal DiseaseMEDN6931115Mandatory
Molecular DiagnosticsMEDN6931215Mandatory
Diagnostic MycologyMEDN6932215Mandatory
Antifungal TherapyMEDN6933215Mandatory
Research and Development Project (Medical Mycology)MEDN6930060Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

There is a £7,500 Fungal Infection Trust grant available for UK/EU applicants to cover the tuition fee. There is no deadline but applications are viewed on a first come first served basis. Please see Fungal Infection Trust Scholarship (Word doc, 214KB) for eligibility details and how to apply for this funding.

Applicants from Uganda, Tanzania and Bangladesh may be eligible for the Equity and Merit Scholarship .

We are applying to secure further scholarship funding for overseas and UK/EU students - this webpage will be updated once we have confirmation of these.

Course collaborators

National Health Service (NHS), Mycology Reference Centre Manchester (MRCM), the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC), the University Hospital of South Manchester and UHSM Academy, and the Manchester Fungal Infection Research Group (MFIG).

What our students say

View our student testimonials.

  • Really, really good course! I have done and learned more than I ever expected!
  • This Masters was for me the perfect opportunity to gain skills in Medical Mycology.
  • Amazing to be taught by leaders in the field at the University of Manchester, a world-leading centre for mycology.
  • I really enjoyed working as a multi disciplinary team! This was possible because of all the different backgrounds students had (scientists, medics, pharmacists)
  • The University of Manchester Masters in Medical Mycology is a unique advanced and specialised programme at one of the best institutions in world.
  • In my opinion, the MSc in Medical Mycology is an excellent training for your future career.
  • The programme is designed to incorporate exposure to a NHS based leading hospital centre for fungal infections where we get the opportunity to attend clinics and ward round with world leading clinical mycologists
  • Lectures, tutorials, problem based learning and practicals are done under the direct supervision of leading scientists and physicians in the mycology world.

Facilities

Our course is housed at the University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM) Wythenshawe site with facilities for lectures, small-group teaching, practical sessions and clinic visits. These include research and teaching laboratories, good access to University computing clusters, and the library. The NHS Mycology Reference Centre Manchester and the National Aspergillosis Centre are also located at UHSM.

The recently refurbished facilities in the Stopford Building on Oxford Road are available for our students.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office .

CPD opportunities

Four of the three-week units of the MSc in Medical Mycology have been adapted to independent CPD/CME courses.