Medical Microbiology MSc

Our MSc in Medical Microbiology is taught by leading experts and is highly regarded in professional and academic circles. 

Why Surrey?

This part-time day release programme is intended for graduates already working in medical microbiology laboratories who want to enhance their understanding of the role of microorganisms in health and disease.

Programme overview

The programme has been designed to increase your scientific understanding of medical microbiology and develop your critical and analytical skills so that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions. It will allow you to study theoretical aspects of medical microbiology encompassing the biological and pathogenic properties of microbes, their role in health and disease, the reactions of the host to infection, and the scientific basis for the detection, control and anti-microbial treatment of infectious disease.

The majority of practical training is the responsibility of your normal place of work, however, practical modules (one per year) provide an opportunity to introduce cutting-edge techniques.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have a greater depth of knowledge of medical microbiology and will have developed management and research skills which will enhance your professional activities.

The part-time day-release Masters programme consists of eight taught modules and a research project and is designed to be completed in two years. Alternatively, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. Students may also attend modules on a one-off basis to update their knowledge in a particular area.

Each module lasts for five or six weeks, with the lectures taking place on Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Students usually complete their research at their normal place of work.

The programme is intended for graduates already working in medical microbiology laboratories, or in a closely-related field, who want to enhance their understanding of the role of microorganisms in health and disease. This includes:

  • Diagnostic microbiology staff
  • Pharmaceutical research personnel
  • Veterinary laboratory staff
  • Food and water laboratory personnel

Other applicants seeking an understanding of the advances in modern medical microbiology and its associated disciplines will also be considered. This includes:

  • Clinicians
  • Public health personnel
  • Nurses

Programme structure and modules

The taught programme consists of the following modules, which run in a two-year cycle. Each module is worth 15 credits.

Modules

Viral Infections

This module covers the aetiology, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of viral diseases.

Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens 1

This module covers the aetiology, clinical features and pathogenesis of bacterial protozoal and fungal diseases.

Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens 2: Diagnosis and Treatment

This module covers the laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology and control of bacterial diseases. The two Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Pathogens modules and the Viral Infections module aim to consolidate and expand your prior basic knowledge and form the core of medical microbiology

Introduction to Immunology 

This module is designed to introduce the concepts of immunology and how the immune system functions, before integrating these to more fully explore the pathogenesis of a range of aberrant immune responses and some introductory pathogens.  The module involves a mixture of lectures and practical exercises.

Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases

This module is designed to focus on the pathogenic strategies of infectious agents. During the module, students will receive lectures, tutorials and workshops on virulence strategies which infectious agents employ to illicit disease, as well as sessions on important viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens. Included within these sessions will be examples of modern research approaches used to investigate the mode of action of pathogen virulence in order to stimulate the student’s ability to design research experiments.

Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology

This module consolidates prior basic knowledge of microbial genetics, and considers further those aspects especially relevant to medical microbiology. The module involves a mixture of lectures and practical exercises.

Epidemiology: Disease Control and Public Health

This module examines the strategies used in controlling infectious diseases, the basic methods used in epidemiology and the factors affecting disease spread. The module includes an introduction to the microbial ecology of food and water, the effects of processing/treatment and the practical measures taken to ensure a safe and wholesome supply.

Management of Scientific Research

This module is an introduction to aspects of managing scientific research including managing time and groups, ethics, quality assurance, statistics and networking. Group exercises will be used to facilitate effective and successful teamwork, and students will work together to produce and deliver a short presentation and a scientific poster.

A networking event at the end of the module will allow the student to present their work to their peers, PhD students, post-doctoral scientists and academics in the department. Finally, students will produce a grant proposal in order to hone higher order thinking skills.

Research project

All students aiming for the MSc qualification undertake a research project and submit a dissertation. Part-time students usually complete their project at their normal place of work.

Short courses

  • All our lecture modules are offered as stand-alone short courses and are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Each module lasts for five or six weeks, with the lectures taking place on Wednesdays throughout the academic year
  • Individuals wishing only to attend the lectures may do so; alternatively, you may decide to take the assessment and acquire credits which may contribute to a postgraduate qualification, either at the University of Surrey or elsewhere
  • You may take up to three modules as stand-alone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree

The fee structure for short courses is different to that for registered students and details may be obtained upon enquiry to the programme administrator. Also contact the programme administrator for information regarding the timing of each module.

Awards

Part-time students register for an MSc which will be awarded after the successful completion of modules worth 180 credits, including a research project. Alternatively, you can be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

You may also attend modules on a one-off basis to update your knowledge in a particular area.

Teaching and assessment

Each taught module will be assessed by examination and/or coursework. This may take the form of essays, data analysis, practical reports or multiple choice questions.

Programme objectives

The part-time Medical Microbiology programme leads to the award of Master of Science and will provide advanced training in medical microbiology for those working in all branches of microbiology. The programme has been designed to increase your scientific understanding of medical microbiology, and develop your critical and analytical skills so that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have a greater depth of knowledge of medical microbiology and will have developed management and research skills which will enhance your professional activities.

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have gone on to positions of responsibility within the profession, while others have opted for alternative paths, including study for a PhD.

Recent graduates have secured roles such as:

  • Senior Researcher, Oxford University
  • Research Scientist, Animal and Plant Health Agency
  • Research Assistant, Kingston University
  • Scientific Assistant, Veterinary Laboratories Agency

Professional recognition

All our lecture modules are offered as stand-alone short courses and are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The MSc qualification is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science. It fulfils one of the entry criteria for the Higher Specialist Diploma examination and also enables eligible members of the Institute to be recognised as Chartered Scientists.

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Programme leader

Dr Dany Beste

Find out more

General enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Part-time: 24 months

Start date:

Sep 2016, Feb 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants should usually possess at least a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject from an approved university. Students must be in appropriate employment and will usually have at least one year of experience in this environment. Applications from candidates not possessing the qualifications mentioned above may be considered, depending on the length and quality of their experience, published works and recommendations from employers. Such candidates may be required to complete a qualifying assessment. Selection is based upon a candidate’s application, references and an informal interview. In special circumstances, a student may be set work for assessment before being offered a place on the programme.

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English language requirements

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time Sep 2016 £4,000 N/A
Part-time Feb 2017 £4,000 N/A

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees. Learn more.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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