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Biomedical Science - Medical Microbiology Msc, Pgcert, Pgdip

Biomedical Science - Medical Microbiology Msc, Pgcert, Pgdip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Medical Microbiology Microbiology Medical Sciences Communication Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course is a key subject area comprising of all aspects of health and disease, within the subject are clinical laboratory disciplines that specifically address the knowledge and understanding of disease processes in the context of the study and investigation of those processes. The MSc Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) incorporates Microbiology and Virology. The School of Life Science has developed extremely active and successful undergraduate and postgraduate Biomedical Science programmes. We have embraced specialists working in NHS Trusts and associated industries to develop outstanding, collaborative relationships covering key diagnostic and clinical specialties. Not only do students benefit from the inclusion of such specialist practitioners onto our teaching programmes, input from employers helps to shape the curriculum and can lead to highly competitive project opportunities working within related industries. This MSc programme supports students to develop their subject-specific knowledge and understanding, ability to critically analyse and evaluate an evidence-base, work independently, and adapt to various contexts. This programme is seeking accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) as the professional body of Biomedical Scientists within the United Kingdom. The IBMS aims to promote and develop the role of Biomedical Science within healthcare to deliver the best possible service for patient care and safety. This ensures that, through a spirit of partnership between the Institute and the University, a good quality degree is achieved that prepares the student for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, critical thinking, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments. International students studying at Keele can only take courses in full-time mode.

The main aim of the programme is to provide multidisciplinary, Master's Level postgraduate training in Biomedical Science. This will involve building on existing, undergraduate knowledge in basic science and applying it to clinical, diagnostic and research applications relevant to Medical Microbiology and Virology. Intended learning outcomes of the programme reflect what successful students should know, understand or to be able to do by the end of the programme. Programme specific learning outcomes are provided in the Programme Specification available by request, but to summarise the overarching course, aims are as follows: To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, research interests and practical applications within Medical Microbiology and Virology; To explore and explicitly critique the clinical, diagnostic and research implications within the fields of Medical Microbiology and Virology, and to place this in the context of a clinical laboratory, fully considering the potential implications for patients, health workers and research alike; To develop a critical awareness of Biomedical ethics and to fully integrate these issues into project management including grant application and business planning; To support student autonomy and innovation by providing opportunities for students to demonstrate originality in developing or applying their own ideas; To direct students to integrate a complex knowledge base in the scrutiny and accomplishment of professional problem-solving scenarios and project development; To enable student acquirement of advanced laboratory practical competencies and high level analytical skills. Students will also achieve Pgcert, Pgdip.

Different course options

Full time | Keele University | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to focus on the role of epidemiology in the investigation of disease and health outcomes. Students will study; the role of the laboratory in the establishment of relationships between organisms and outbreaks, antimicrobial therapy and alternatives, and the local and global response to communicable disease. Lectures are supported by a number of individual and / or population case studies delivered in small group tutorials using a case-based learning approach.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fee is £7,800 for 2019/20 entry. There may be a slight increase in the year 2020/21 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Fee is £14,560 for 2019/20 entry. There may be a slight increase in the year 2020/21 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students 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.