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Clinical Microbiology

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


Postgraduate Open Afternoon 5 September 2018

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The course in clinical microbiology is designed to be both a complete curriculum in clinical microbiology for new entrants into the field and as an update and extension for those already in it. The  course provides students a with theoretical, laboratory, and clinically applied aspects of the discipline and associated subjects, such as molecular biology.

If you have a degree in Biomedical Science we recommend you consider the MSc Biomedical Science(Medical microbiology)

Your formal teaching will include lectures, practicals and workshops.

Many students use the MSc as preparation for their FRCPath examinations. The course curriculum and assessment is designed for clinicians. To enable inter professional development you will learn alongside scientists on the MSc Biomedical Science(Medical Microbiology) and MSc Clinical Science(Infection Science) courses

The programme will:

  • Give you the maximum hands-on experience in all aspects of clinical microbiology. The practicals are taught in a large purpose-built teaching laboratory.
  • Introduce you to a broad-base of study with extensive coverage of topics in clinical microbiology.
  • Develop the service and research careers of clinicians, and other professionals interested in working in clinical microbiology.


MSc/PGDip in Clinical Microbiology is available for one year’s full-time study or part-time for two years. Part-time students attend for one day per week on day release from their hospital or laboratory for two academic years. Applicants for part time study must hold a full-time appointment or attachment in a medical/clinical microbiology department of a medical school, hospital, PHE or other appropriate institution for the duration of their studies.

Full-time students study for 12 months and have two full days of lectures per week with tutorials and research and journal clubl meetings on other days. Full-time students will be attached to the Centre for Immunobiology, Blizard institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (this is not a clinical attachment).

Core modules

  • Clinical microbiology: Pathogens and commensals
  • Diagnostic microbiology and laboratory methods
  • Molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis and the host immune response
  • Antimicrobials
  • Public health and communicable disease control
  • Clinical microbiology: Diagnosis and management of human disease and control of hospital infection
  • Clinical microbiology research and presentation skills
  • Advanced clinical microbiology and laboratory management
  • Research dissertation


For more information, please contact Michele Branscombe.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7216



Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an MB BS or basic medical degree recogmised by the GMC. Candidates with degrees in pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary science, microbiology, biological sciences or nursing with relevant experience in clinical microbiology, may also be accepted on the course. The degree should be equivalent to at least a 2:1

If you are a clinician, pharmacist or nurse currently working in the field of infectious disease, the part-time programme is most likely to be the best way for you to study. Part-time applicants must hold  a full-time appointment or attachment in a medical/clinical microbiology department of a medical school, hospital, PHE or other appropriate institution for the duration of their studies.

If you are an overseas student or a recent graduate you are more likely to want to follow the full-time programme. 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, within the last 12 months at the discretion of the course organiser, they may be offered the opportunity to attend the pre-sessional course for at least five weeks instead of taking IELTS 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 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.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Modules are assessed by a combination of in-course assessments and end-of-module examinations. In addition to traditional written and practical examinations, assessments include posters, oral presentations, case reports, essays and comprehension of scientific papers. Each assessment is designed to be a learning experience as well as a test of your knowledge.


To complete the MSc, you will undertake an original piece of research involving the application of scientific investigation to an area relevant to clinical microbiology. The investigation can be laboratory based or can be patient care focused (e.g. an audit).

Full-time students usually complete their project within the Blizard Institute or at Barts Health NHS Trust. Part-time students complete their project at their sponsoring institution.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £10,400
Part time £4,450

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £19,050
Part time £7,850


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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