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Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) MSc

Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) MSc

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Full time | Keele University | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Medical Microbiology Microbiology Medical Sciences

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Course Summary


This Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) accredited MSc Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) course focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment infectious diseases, incorporating the study of microbiology and virology.

Comprising of all aspects of human health and disease, biomedical science is one of the broadest areas of modern science and medicine. By developing new treatments and uncovering new knowledge which can save and improve lives, it is arguably one of the most important too.

Infection Sciences is one of four different and distinct laboratory disciplines within the field of Biomedical Science, as outlined by the IBMS, alongside Blood Sciences, Cell Sciences, and Genetics and Molecular Pathology. At Keele, we also offer an MSc Biomedical Science (Blood Science) covering clinical biochemistry, medical immunology and haematology, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science.

Building on existing, undergraduate knowledge in basic science, you’ll undertake higher level scientific training to develop the advanced laboratory and analytical skills needed in clinical or research contexts, fully aware of the potential implications for patients, health workers and research alike.

The emphasis on this MSc is to look at health and disease from a patient or population-oriented perspective and in support of evidence-based clinical decision-making. Real-life case studies on travel associated infections, outbreaks of infectious disease and vector-borne infections, for example, provide up-to-date information on different aspects of disease caused by bacteria and viruses, which laboratory tests and diagnostics were applied and why.

We pay particular attention to the development of core practical skills in areas such as critical thinking, innovation, communication, problem-solving and project management. Preparing you to take on more senior roles, you’ll become familiar with biomedical ethics, aware of how to fully integrate these issues, for example, when writing grant proposals and business plans.

You have significant flexibility when choosing your research project which could take the form of any of the following: laboratory-based research; virtual or dry laboratory-based research; bioinformatics analysis; a clinical audit; or systematic review of current literature. It may be possible to undertake your research project within the NHS or, if you're already working in the science sector, you could tackle a problem or issue that could affect real change for your employer.

The School of Life Sciences is recognised nationally and internationally for its excellence in research and teaching with all of its programmes accredited either by the Royal Society for Biology and/or the IBMS. It has developed strong collaborative relationships with a range of diagnostic and clinical specialists who currently work in NHS Trusts and associated industries. These specialist practitioners not only help shape the curriculum to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge real employers need, but also provide valuable contributions to our teaching. Guest lectures have previously covered, for example, medial mycology, antimicrobial stewardship, and pubic health outbreak investigation.


Biomedical science sit at the heart of multidisciplinary teams in healthcare, providing the vital scientific information which informs clinical decisions, monitors patient conditions, investigates disease and identifies ways to stop or fight infection.


Taught by both experienced healthcare practitioners and prominent biomedical science researchers, you will explore the role of medical microbiology in the delivery of modern-day healthcare, giving you a critical insight into the patient pathway. This module aims to develop and enhance your understanding of the clinical and technical role of medical microbiology laboratories in the diagnosis and monitoring of infectious disease. You will develop key analytical skills used to assess, investigate and evaluate pathobiology and patient pathways, and to develop evidence-based arguments to support clinical decision-making. Lectures will be supported by a number of patient cases delivered in small group tutorials using a case-based learning approach. Typical subject areas include bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold either a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in Biomedical Science, or equivalent Life Science bachelor programme. Applications from candidates who do not meet this criteria, but can demonstrate appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will also be considered. Note that applicants who have attained the IBMS Specialist Diploma may be eligible to enrol with accredited prior certified learning with reduced tuition fees and limited module exemption.