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Clinical and Molecular Microbiology MSc

Clinical and Molecular Microbiology MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

This fully accredited course provides training in theoretical and practical aspects of medical microbiology with emphasis on molecular biological techniques. The MSc Clinical and Molecular Microbiology course is ideal for biomedical scientists pursuing a career in diagnostic medicine, or students wishing to enter a research career and gain high-level skills in molecular medical microbiology. The course aims to provide training in theoretical and practical aspects of medical microbiology with a focus on clinical methods for diagnosis and patient management and molecular biological techniques in research and diagnostic labs. You will gain basic and advanced knowledge of important viral, bacterial and parasitic infections and how these infections are diagnosed and treated in the clinic. On completion of the course you will have acquired transferable skills such as: data management; interpretation and presentation; time management and organisation; critical analysis; effective verbal and written communication skills; analytical and creative thinking. Our MSc graduates are very much in demand by employers in both the private and public sectors and have the opportunity to establish successful careers in a range of areas. Some graduates will go on to do MRCPath exams, take up positions as trainee diagnostic microbiologists (biomedical scientists) or clinical scientists, or pursue higher degrees such as PhD or MD. Others gain employment in industry such as large pharmaceutical companies or other private enterprises.

Different course options

Full time | Queen's Medical Centre | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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This module enables students to experience contemporary research methods by engaging them to design a research programme and perform experiments, surveys, or other research activities aimed at solving a specific biomedical problem. Each student will be allocated an academic supervisor with whom they will discuss the research project prior to commencement. Students will first collect, analyse data, read and collate previous results relevant to their project, then embark on a period of research before preparing, writing and submitting a scientific paper. They will write a clear and concise report and will discuss their work with academic members during a viva voce examination. This module is reserved for students registered on a School of Life Sciences MSc course in Immunology & Allergy, Microbiology & Immunology, Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Medical Microbiology or Molecular Genetics & Diagnostics. The form of project may vary and it will be based on laboratory work, bioinformatics or an extended literature review. The principal activities will be completion of the practical work and submission of a final report in the form of a dissertation and oral examination.

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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 should have an 2:1 hons degree or international equivalent. Applicants with a 2:2 or international equivalent may be considered on an individual basis