Advance your knowledge and techniques in Medical Microbiology.

Overview

Our MSc Medical Microbiology is designed to enable you to develop an advanced theoretical understanding, together with the practical techniques you’ll need to apply those theories in a research or clinical context.

You’ll start with a well-rounded understanding of the discipline, learning about analytical approaches and human disorders. Then you’ll take an in-depth look at human infectious diseases, developing the skills to understand, control and manage those diseases. From there, you'll tackle a research project on a topic of your choice - exploring the issues that fascinate you, while developing an understanding of both the process and the communication of scientific enquiry. Along the way, you'll have the support of an expert team and access to specialist, laboratory facilities. You'll also benefit from our extensive links with hospitals across Greater Manchester, offering the chance to do your research in clinically relevant areas.

So, by the time you graduate, you should be equipped with the analytical techniques and diagnostic approaches required for practice at the specialist level. In short, this course can open doors for your future and equip you for a career full of impact.

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Non-means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate master's students.

Features and Benefits

  • Excellent standards – Reflecting the quality of our teaching and our curriculum, the course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
  • Recognised expertise – Our Bioscience Research Centre represents one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK, with a reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system.
  • Practical connections – We work in partnership with hospitals across the region, offering the chance to organise research projects in clinically relevant areas.
  • Leading research – Our research is internationally recognised, with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Cutting-edge facilities – We have an extensive range of equipment in our specialist laboratories for blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, exercise performance, cell and molecular biology, and tissue culture.
  • Industry links – We have strong links with the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West, ensuring our biomedical science curriculum is up-to-date.
  • Athena SWAN award – Manchester Metropolitan University’s commitment to promote and advance gender equality in STEM subjects has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.
  • Online learning – Our online virtual learning platform ‘Moodle’ provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.

Career Prospects

This programme offers an avenue into a range of specialist fields like hospital science, biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. The subjects you’ll cover will not only help you prepare for you the Institute of Biomedical Science specialist examination and for the advanced practice that follows, but can also lay the groundwork for careers in research or teaching, or to pursue studies towards a PhD.

Our work with the NHS and clinicians helps us keep our curriculum up to date and clinically relevant, ensuring that our graduates have the skills and knowledge which are vital for the workplace – and sought after by employers.

You’ll have careers support from the moment you join us and for up to three years after you’ve finished your course. We offer a range of services, both within the Department of Life Sciences and through the University’s Careers Service, with dedicated careers and employability advisers you can turn to for guidance and support.

Professional Accreditation

Across the Department of Life Sciences we ensure maximum quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and strong employment prospects for our graduates through accreditation, approval and recognition from professional, regulatory and statutory bodies including the Institute of Biomedical Science, the Health and Care Professions Council, the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, the National School of Healthcare Science, the Royal Society of Biology and Health Education England. Re-accreditation of MSc Biomedical Science by the Institute of Biomedical Science is in progress.

Clinical Links

Our local connections are also an important part of our strength and identity. We have extensive links with the NHS trusts and hospitals in Manchester and the North West region. Our degree programmes build on the core values of the NHS to develop professional, dedicated and compassionate healthcare science professionals.

Modernising Scientific Careers

The Department of Life Sciences was the first in the UK to design and receive accreditation for the new Practitioner Training Programme Healthcare Science degrees commissioned by Higher Education England's Modernising Scientific Careers. The programme combines academic study and work-based training and is a professional qualification required to practice as a healthcare science practitioner in a number of areas.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in biological or biomedical science. We might also consider your application if you a have an equivalent professional qualification or substantial relevant professional experience, or if you have an HNC medical laboratory science plus at least 10 years’ experience. If you are a Fellow of Biomedical Science, you’ll be eligible for exemption from some of the units on the course.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Course Details

This course is made up of eight core units. That includes six units that let you explore various aspects of microbiology, infectious diseases and biomedical science, together with two units based around your research project. First, you’ll take a unit designed to help you develop the methods and explore the ethical framework you’ll need to tackle your research – paving the way for your last unit: an in-depth, independent research project.

Our Research

We represent one of the highest concentrations of health research excellence in the UK. We have an international reputation for research into the characteristics, limitations and adaptability of the human motor system in health and disease through an integrative approach that ranges from molecular biology to whole-body studies of human movement.

We conduct basic and translational research to understand biological systems in disease, sensing and detecting by-products of disease and contemporary challenges, including ageing and development of new technologies for personalised medicine.

Scientists in our Bioscience Research Centre are pioneering new ideas with real-world application and global potential to improve health and wellbeing and make a positive difference in people's lives.

Year 1
  • Disorder Case Study
  • Analytical Techniques in Biomedical Science
  • Recent Advances in Biomedical Research
  • Human Infectious Disease
  • Research Methods and Ethics in Biomedical Science
  • Research Project
  • Management and Control of Infectious Disease
  • Diagnostic Medical Microbiology
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time: 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 85% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time: 80% coursework; 0% practical; 20% examination
Additional Information about this Course

The programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science as masters level study. Please note that this qualification cannot be used as leading to eligibility for HCPC registration you should refer to the guidance on the IBMS website if this is your aim.

Placement Options

While this course doesn’t include a placement, we encourage all our students to gain work experience during their studies. Whether it’s a biomedical related role to help you develop your technical skills in the lab environment or the kind of job that will help you develop useful employability skills like teamwork or leadership, we can help.

Between the Careers and Employability service and the staff within the Department of Life Sciences, we offer careers-focused events and plenty of support for arranging work experience, searching for opportunities and getting through applications and interviews.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, an outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

  • £110

Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year, however, there are PCs on campus. Printing of coursework can be required each year (one year if FT), including the dissertation in the final year. Full-time students will be provided with a laboratory coat and safety glasses on commencement of their project-if you lose or damage these, replacement is your responsibility.

Professional Costs

You may wish to join the Institute of Biomedical Science. The level at which you join will depend upon your individual circumstances/ background. The annual cost can vary from £10 to £100.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 27, 2019
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UK and EU students: Full-time: £9,250 per year. Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time: £16,500 per year.
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