MSc Medical Microbiology / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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The course is unique because you will spend much of your time in the laboratory, learning how to be a hands-on microbiologist. You will cover medical and molecular aspects of microbiology and immunity to infection, incorporating traditional and current methods of laboratory diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology and management of infection.
We aim to give you a significant level of theoretical and practical understanding of the subject, which will be important if you want to follow a career in the diagnosis and study of infectious diseases.
Since its origins in the 1920s, the course has been taken by many UK and international medical microbiology consultants, clinical or biomedical scientists, along with those who have progressed into academic or industrial research.
During the course you will have the opportunity to specialise in your preferred discipline (bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology) whilst maintaining an understanding of integrated microbiology.
We aim to provide you with an understanding of the scientific basis of traditional and modern microbiological concepts.
In addition, you will develop the knowledge, specialist practical skills and critical awareness needed to pursue a career in medical microbiology.
Extensive practical learning
The lab-focused nature of this course means you will gain maximum exposure to both the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of clinically relevant pathogens, helping develop practical skills that are valued by potential employers.
Various study options
You can study either full-time or part-time on both the MSc and PGDip routes, enabling you to fit learning around your other commitments if needed. Our part-time option comprises full-time study, one semester per year (approximately 12 weeks).
You will typically carry out research projects within one of the University's microbiology, virology or mycology research groups. The close relationship between the diagnostic microbiology and virology services and the University department enable our research activities to be directly related to current relevant issues in medical microbiology.
Teaching and learning
This course is delivered by academics from the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease and medical microbiology.
You will learn via a range of methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and comprehensive practical classes.
We use both face-to-face sessions and blended learning methods, with some material delivered and assessed online.
Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.
Coursework and assessment
You will be assessed via continual assessment and formal theory and practical examinations.
Course unit details
- Practical Microbiology (15 credits)
- Research Methods (15 credits)
- Understanding Infection (15 credits)
- Molecular Diagnostics (15 credits)
- Vaccination, Antimicrobials and Resistance (15 credits)
- Clinical Microbiology 1 (15 credits)
- Clinical Microbiology 2 (15 credits)
- Global Health and Epidemiology (15 credits)
All MSc students carry out a three-month research project after the taught components have been successfully completed. In some instances this can be undertaken in your workplace.
Full-time students take the above units and research project in Year 1. Part-time students can undertake the MSc over two years, one full semester per year.
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Global Health and Epidemiology||MEDN68642||15||Mandatory|
|Vaccinations, Antimicrobials and Resistance||MEDN68652||15||Mandatory|
|Clinical Microbiology 1||MEDN68662||15||Mandatory|
|Clinical Microbiology 2||MEDN68672||15||Mandatory|
This course is based in Stopford Building on Oxford Road, where you will find state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, a student common room and good access to University computing clusters.
You will attend lectures across the University campus.
You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .