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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

The course aims to promote teaching and learning enriched by original scholarship and scientific research; encouraging students to become independent learners. This programme will provide: a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of Medical Microbiology and professional practice; a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship; the opportunity to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in medical microbiology; a conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in medical microbiology; the ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

The practical classes are an important component of the programme and are designed to give the student maximum hands-on experience, particularly in basic clinical microbiology. Students are encouraged to relate current practices in their sponsoring institution to their studies, and to discuss and critically evaluate these techniques with their colleagues in the light of their formal teaching. The practical classes are taught in the purpose-built teaching laboratory, which is well equipped with all necessary materials and is based on a routine clinical microbiology laboratory. In addition to the formal face to face teaching, students use online learning materials in the university’s electronic classroom (currently Blackboard CE8). Modules are assessed by a combination of in-course assessments and end-of-module examinations. In addition to traditional written and practical examinations, assessments include posters, oral presentations, case reports, essays and comprehension of scientific papers. Each assessment is designed to be a learning experience as well as a test of your knowledge.

Different course options

Full time | Whitechapel Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Clinical Microbiology Research and Presentation Skills - Core
Clinical Microbiology: Diagnosis and Management of Human Disease and Control of Hospital Infection - Core
Clinical Microbiology: Pathogens and Commensals - Core
Molecular Biology, Microbial Pathogenesis and the Host Immune Response - Core
Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Management - Core
Public Health and Communicable Disease Control - Core
Diagnostic Microbiology and Laboratory Methods - Core
Research Dissertation - Core
Antimicrobials - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc Clinical Microbiology must have a MBBS or basic medical degree from a university recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants with a minimum of a 2:1 degree in nursing or pharmacy (depending on the modules studied at undergraduate level) or equivalent, may also be considered for a place on the course.