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This course provides comprehensive knowledge and practical training in the spread of microorganisms (predominantly bacterial and viral pathogens), disease causation and diagnosis and treatment of pathogens significant to public health. Read more
This course provides comprehensive knowledge and practical training in the spread of microorganisms (predominantly bacterial and viral pathogens), disease causation and diagnosis and treatment of pathogens significant to public health. The increasing incidence of microbial infections worldwide is being compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections by other organisms. The course content reflects the increasing importance of genomics and molecular techniques in both diagnostics and the study of pathogenesis.

In response to a high level of student interest in viral infections, the School has decided to offer the opportunity for students who focus on viruses in their module and project choices to be awarded a Master's degree in Medical Microbiology (Virology). This choice will depend on the module selection of the individual student in Terms 2 and 3 and choice of project.

Graduates from this course move into global health careers related to medical microbiology in research or medical establishments and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Bo Drasar Prize is awarded annually for outstanding performance by a Medical Microbiology student. This prize is named after Professor Bohumil Drasar, the founder of the MSc Medical Microbiology course.

The Tsiquaye Prize is awarded annually for the best virology-based project report.

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/edu/qualityassurance/mm_progspec.pdf)
- Intercalating this course (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/intercalate)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msmm.html

Objectives

By the end of the course students should be able to:

- demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and basic criteria used in the classification/taxonomy of these micro-organisms

- explain the modes of transmission and the growth cycles of pathogenic micro-organisms

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the outcomes of infections

- distinguish between and critically assess the classical and modern approaches to the development of therapeutic agents and vaccines for the prevention of human microbial diseases

- demonstrate knowledge of the laboratory diagnosis of microbial diseases and practical skills

- carry out a range of advanced skills and laboratory techniques, including the purification of isolated microbial pathogens, study of microbial growth cycles and analyses of their proteins and nucleic acids for downstream applications

- demonstrate research skills

Structure

Term 1:
There is a one-week orientation period that includes an introduction to studying at the School, sessions on key computing and study skills and course-specific sessions, followed by two compulsory modules:

- Bacteriology & Virology
- Analysis & Design of Research Studies

Recommended module: Molecular Biology

Sessions on basic computing, molecular biology and statistics are run throughout the term for all students.

Terms 2 and 3:
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). The list below shows recommended modules. There are other modules that can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director.

- Slot 1:
Clinical Virology
Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques

- Slot 2:
Clinical Bacteriology 1
Molecular Virology

- Slot 3:
Advanced Training in Molecular Biology
Basic Parasitology

- Slot 4:
Clincal Bacteriology 2
Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications

- Slot 5:
Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Molecular Cell Biology & Infection
Mycology
Pathogen Genomics

Further details for the course modules - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/currentstudents/studentinformation/msc_module_handbook/section2_coursedescriptions/tmmi.html

Project Report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a laboratory-based original research project on an aspect of a relevant organism, for submission by early September. Projects may take place within the School or with collaborating scientists in other colleges or institutes in the UK or overseas.

The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from the School's trust funds set up for this purpose

Course Accreditation

The Royal College of Pathologists accepts the course as part of the professional experience of both medical and non-medical candidates applying for membership. The course places particular emphasis on practical aspects of the subjects most relevant to current clinical laboratory practice and research.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msmm.html#sixth

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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more
The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge. The third allows you to become an authentic leader in the field of medical ultrasound by providing you with an opportunity to design and manage a major research project.

Course details

The course:
-Develops you academically to postgraduate level
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a range of ultrasound and research practice placing the person at the centre of care
-Enhances your critical skills to enable you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
-Develops your leadership abilities by providing you with the knowledge of research design or service improvement
-Promotes an ethos of caring compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning
-Enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to design and manage research projects relevant to your ultrasound practice

What you study

In the first two years of study you have the option of two study routes:
-Clinical
-Point of care

After completing both years of study you are awarded the PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study and complete the MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And two optional modules
-Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route
-Designing Research Projects
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Point of Care Route
-Designing Research Projects
And two optional modules
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 3 core module
-Dissertation

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks. The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks. The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported through e-learning. You will also develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous safe ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars, group work, and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into the teaching.

You are assessed by written assignment, examinations and practical triggered assessment.

[Employability]]
Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement, where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement, the University cannot help with this.

After completing your first year of study you can practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

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The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. Read more
The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge.

Course details

The course:
-Develops you academically to postgraduate level
-Enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examinations competently and safely in a range of ultrasound practice, placing the person at the centre of care
-Enhances your critical skills enabling you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
-Develops your leadership abilities by providing you with a knowledge of research design or service improvement
-Promotes an ethos of caring, compassion, professionalism and lifelong learning development
-Enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team

What you study

In both years of study you have the option of two study routes:
-Clinical
-Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice. After completing both years of study you are awarded your PgDip Medical Ultrasound. You then have the opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete your MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Year 1 core modules - Clinical Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular Ultrasound

Year 1 core modules - Point of Care Route
-Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology
And two optional modules
-Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules - Clincal Route
-Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
-Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
-Designing Research Projects
And one optional module
-General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Lower limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound
-Upper limb musculoskeletal ultrasound
-Vascular Ultrasound

Year 2 core modules Point of Care Route
-Advanced Leadership in Health and Social Care
-Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership
-Designing Research Projects
And two modules
-Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound
-Focused Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice
-Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound
-Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Teaching is delivered at Teesside University during academic study blocks. The clinical route is delivered over five two-week blocks.
The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads. Both routes are supported by e-learning. You will develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous, safe ultrasound practitioner.

Teaching methods used during your academic study blocks include lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The Regional Ultrasound Centre here on campus is fully incorporated into teaching.


You are assessed by a written assignment, examinations and a practical triggered assessment.

Employability

Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement, the University cannot help with this. After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.

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