Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)

MSc ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


The programme will provide the underpinning academic learning for the continuing professional development of biomedical scientists and is designed to give graduates the knowledge and intellectual skills required to provide, develop and advance specialist scientific services within healthcare systems. Teaching will be delivered by day release (part time students) or full time study and distance learning methods. The programme includes input by specialism experts in NHS service roles and delivers research-informed teaching from within a research-rich environment.


Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Clinical Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis
  • Professional and Research Skills
  • Public Health and Communicable Disease Control
  • Antimicrobials
  • Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control
  • Laboratory Management
  • Project and Dissertation.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2:1 degree in biomedical science (or degree with a significant content of medical microbiology) or equivalent.

Applicants for part time study must hold a full-time appointment or attachment in a medical/clinical microbiology department of a medical school, hospital, HPA or other appropriate institution for the duration of their studies.

Applicants who are in full time employment within the NHS but who do not reach academic standards but have appropriate work based experience may be considered for a place on the programme at the discretion of the Dean of Postgraduate Studies (School of Medicine and Dentistry).

Applicants for part time study must hold a full-time appointment or attachment in a medical/clinical microbiology department of a medical school, hospital, HPA or other appropriate institution for the duration of their studies.

Non-native speakers must achieve a minimum of IELTS 7.0. Students are required to achieve a minimum of 6.0 in their written element. Students must be able to sit examinations at a British Council Centre, or a similar approved centre, under invigilation or be able to attend examinations in the UK.

If the offer of a place is conditional upon achieving the above standard in an English language test and the student has achieved IELTS 6.5, internet-based TOEFL (IBTOEFL) 92 within the last 12 months at the discretion of the course organiser, they can be offered the opportunity to attend the pre-sessional course for at least five weeks instead of taking IELTS or IBTOEFL again. At the end of the pre-sessional course the student will be assessed by the Queen Mary Language and Learning Unit to confirm that the student has the language skills to complete the course.

Further information

For more information about the programme please contact Michele Branscombe.

Learning and teaching

Teaching comprises lectures, workshops, practicals and demonstrations. The lecturers are specialists in their field and are invited from many institutions in the UK.

The practical classes are an important component of the course and are designed to give students the maximum hands-on experience, particularly in medical 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 (including clinicians and clinical scientists) 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 on line learning materials in the university’s electronic learning environment QMplus. These materials include discussion threads, chat rooms, lecture notes (PDF documents) and quizzes.

Self-directed learning, by reading and reviewing literature to supplement the lectures, is essential and students are encouraged to use the library facilities of the department and the University. All students have access to the library and computing facilities of the University.

Additional theoretical tutorials are also used throughout the year to broaden the students’ experience of clinical microbiology. These tutorials include case presentations to and by the students, workshops, discussion sessions, question-and-answer sessions, and oral presentations by the students. Full-time students receive additional assignments to be completed throughout the year to allow them to monitor their own progress. Full-time students are also encouraged to attend the regular clinical journal club and research meetings within the Centre.


Written and practical examinations, essays, and MCQ to scientific presentations and case presentations. Professional reflective learning is also included within learning and assessment strategies.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,764
Part time £5,382

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,003
Part time £10,001


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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