MSc Medical Microbiology

Leeds Beckett University

Program Description

MSc Medical Microbiology

Leeds Beckett University

Course details

Build on your existing biomedical sciences knowledge and skills to become a specialist in medical microbiology. You will practise working autonomously in the laboratory during the large practical components of the course, using your thorough theoretical grounding as the driver for your research. You will have the opportunity to experience a range of techniques across microbiology and molecular biology, and the topics you will study, from the role of microbiology in medicine to molecular microbiology and epidemiology, will give you specialist knowledge and a variety of skills applicable to a range of careers in the field of biomedical science and microbiology.

This course will be delivered through independent laboratory research, expert lectures and individual meetings with your tutors. You will complete a range of activities and assignments, including group projects that will mirror the work environment by requiring you to work effectively as part of a laboratory team and produce reports to detail your findings.

Course Benefits

You will be supported in your studies by staff with vast practical and academic experience, which will allow you to pursue your research interests in a wide range of areas. The modern facilities you will have access to include our purpose-built Biomedical Sciences Laboratory that contains a range of the latest scientific testing equipment, walk-in cold and warm rooms and state-of-the-art IT and AV facilities. You will have access to visiting professionals through our seminar series, who will share their industry and research experience. Not only will you gain insights into the very latest practices, you will also be able to cultivate your professional networks. Opportunities to develop your personal and professional skill set is built in to all the course modules, and the Personal & Professional Development module will focus on exercises such as role-specific simulated job interviews, that will enhance your employability, increase your confidence and prepare you to complete job and funding applications. The School offers a wealth of opportunities to cultivate your skill set beyond the laboratory. Serving as a student representative, supporting the School?s widening and participation events or joining the student-led Biomedical Sciences Society will expand your circle of experience to complement your practical scientific expertise.

Entry requirements

Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in a cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.


Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example, completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Job Prospects

You will be able to apply for practical laboratory-based roles, such as a research, diagnostic or healthcare scientist, and you will also be well placed should you want to apply for the NHS Scientist Training Programme. You could work for an organisation such as Public Health England, contributing to scientific research aimed at improving the health of the nation. You will also be thoroughly prepared for doctoral-level study.

  • Researcher
  • Clinical microbiologist
  • Research Technician

Careers Advice

Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Modules & Learning

Core modules

  • Preparation for the MSc research project
  • Science Communication
  • Advanced Practical Skills in Biomedical Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology
  • Research Project
  • Professional Development
  • Advanced Medical Genetics
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Medical Microbiology


  • Extended Lab Week

Fees & funding

UK & EU 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

International 2018/19

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.


Biomedical Research Laboratory

The latest scientific testing equipment lets you put your learning into practice and break new ground in biomedical research.

Biomedical Sciences Laboratories

Housing modern IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, contemporary facilities for our students, including a range of biochemical, microbiological, molecular and physiological analysis equipment.

Gym and Sports Facilities

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Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 13, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 17, 2018
1 year
Part time
Full time
6,500 GBP
EU & UK students: £6500. International students: £12500.
United Kingdom - Leeds, England
Start date : Sept. 17, 2018
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