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Our course is ideal if you are a graduate looking to develop your skills as a microbiologist. Read more
Our course is ideal if you are a graduate looking to develop your skills as a microbiologist.

The MSc and postgraduate diploma in Medical Microbiology are intensive full-time or part-time postgraduate taught courses encompassing the medical and molecular aspects of bacteriology, virology, mycology and immunity to infection.

Our microbiology course is unique because you will spend much of your time actually in the laboratory, learning how to be a microbiologist.

We aim to give you a significant level of theoretical and practical understanding of the subject, which will be important if you want to follow a career in clinical sciences or academic and industrial research.

The course runs in parallel with the MSc in Medical Virology and the MSc in Medical Mycology.

The MSc Medical Microbiology course has its roots in a prestigious qualification developed in the early 1920s by Professor WWC Topley.
As such, it can be considered to be the oldest taught postgraduate microbiology qualification in the country, and probably in the world.

Aims

We aim to provide you with an understanding of the scientific basis of traditional and modern microbiological concepts.
In addition, you will develop the knowledge, specialist practical skills and critical awareness needed to pursue a career in medical microbiology.

Special features

This course has a significant component of practical-based teaching, ensuring that you gain maximum exposure to the practical and theoretical aspects of a wide range of clinically relevant pathogens. You will gain practical skills that are valued by potential employers.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is delivered using lectures, seminars, tutorials and comprehensive practical classes.

Other teaching includes the use of face-to-face sessions and blended learning methods with some material delivered and assessed online.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed via continual assessment and formal theory and practical examinations. The course is delivered by academics from the University and NHS specialists in infectious disease and medical microbiology.

Career opportunities

Our graduates typically find employment in the NHS and related organisations, or as medical microbiologists in industrial and pharmaceutical settings.

In addition, many graduates progress to PhD study and a research or academic career.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientists (IBMS).

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Advance your career by broadening your understanding of research methods and their applications within biomedical sciences. You will enhance your specialist expertise in a specific area and develop your professional ability as a research-oriented scientist with excellent communications skills. Read more
Advance your career by broadening your understanding of research methods and their applications within biomedical sciences. You will enhance your specialist expertise in a specific area and develop your professional ability as a research-oriented scientist with excellent communications skills. Your study will focus on an in-depth research project working alongside experts from our Centre for Biomedical Research.

You'll get to discuss and appraise the latest biomedical science research which will become the basis for taught modules during this course. Your analytical, data handling and presentation skills are developed predominantly in the laboratory environment by carrying out a series of experiments and statistics exercises.

With our new biomedical sciences research laboratory you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/appliedbiomedicalresearch_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will be well prepared to go on to study for a PhD or to follow a career in biomedical sciences research.

- Biomedical Scientist
- Medical Research Scientist
- Microbiologist

Careers advice:
Our dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course benefits

With our new dedicated biomedical sciences research laboratory (opened in 2013) you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment. You will develop the skills needed for a successful research career.

Your research project will be closely linked to the areas of our research expertise with the opportunity to explore topics such as:

- the use of molecular methods to detect adulterated food
- studies on protein expression in bacteria
- pain science and non drug approaches to pain relief
- nutritional biochemistry
- development and validation of ELISA techniques
- the interactions of pyocyanin with host biochemistry
- the Effects of Bacterial Metabolism on pH of Simulated Wound Conditions
- development and Testing of New Smart-Bandage Sensing Technologies.

As a postgraduate student you will work alongside many other students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, and be closely linked to active research work in biomedical sciences. Our teaching team is often highly commended by students and staff for their innovative teaching methods and support for students.

Margarita Gomez Escalada

Senior Lecturer

"Our courses are heavily research orientated - we teach research methods, laboratory techniques and students undertake an extended research project."

Margarita recently produced internationally-recognised research treating acne with herbal compounds. Working with a student, she discovered that an extract of thyme was more effective than traditional chemical-based creams.

Facilities

- Biomedical Research Laboratory
The latest scientific testing equipment lets you put your learning into practice and break new ground in biomedical research.

- Library
Our Library is one of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Food Inspection Laboratory
Our hygienic laboratory can be used to develop practical food specimen inspection skills.

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Investigate the effects of pathogens on the body, the intricacies of the human immune system and the impact of infections. You will also explore advanced medical microbiology, studying specific global health issues and the procedures involved in medical diagnostics. Read more
Investigate the effects of pathogens on the body, the intricacies of the human immune system and the impact of infections. You will also explore advanced medical microbiology, studying specific global health issues and the procedures involved in medical diagnostics.

Gain advanced laboratory skills and an in-depth knowledge of investigative methods being applied within the search for novel antimicrobial agents.

You will carry out extensive practical investigations, including quantifying the antimicrobial effects of compounds against specific microorganisms, or studying the mechanisms of microbial resistance to therapeutics. You'll have access to Class 2 microbiology facilities, along with cell culture, molecular virology and epigenetic research methods. With our new biomedical sciences research laboratory you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and benefit from an enhanced range of equipment.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/microbiology_biotechnology

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will be able to go into a range of careers, including those within pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturing, chemical facilities or developing further investigative and innovative research. A move into a more senior position will be available to you, such as senior researcher or laboratory analyst roles, where you would be involved in designing research projects and analysing the data generated.

- Medical Research Scientist
- Labratory Analyst
- Microbiologist

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will spend a considerable proportion of your time in a hands-on environment, spending over 200 hours within the biomedical science laboratories, completing practicals and working on a specific research project that interests you and aligns with our expertise.

We will give you access to Class 2 microbiology facilities, along with cell culture and micro-electric fabrication equipment. With our new dedicated biomedical sciences research laboratory (opened in 2013) you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment.

You'll benefit from working with a first class teaching team. One of our lecturers, Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada, developed internationally-recognised research data on treating acne using the ingredient thyme, with a student who performed all the practical tests for her project.

Core Modules

Contemporary Research In Biomedical Science
Discuss and evaluate current research in biomedical sciences and relate this both to the theoretical basis of the subject and to the methodologies used to generate the data.

Advanced Professional Practice and Research
Gain a grounding in the different approaches to research, including quantitatative and qualitative data collection methods. You will then be able to plan research, effectively search for and evaluate research literature and be able to apply and analyse data using appropriate statistical tests.

Bio-analytical Techniques
Combine theory and practice of many modern analytical techniques that are used in biological, medical and chemical analysis, and learn the important steps in the development and assessment of analytical measures.

Infection and Immunity
Develop an in-depth understanding of the infection process, taking into consideration the pathogenesis process both from the point of view of the pathogen as well as the host where the immune response will be investigated.

Advanced Medical Microbiology
Look at different aspects of current trends in microbiological research, and use laboratory sessions to undertake problem solving activities such as the planning of a class lab activity and mini projects.

Applied Biotechnology
Study up to date issues concerning current biotechnological products and processes, especially with regard to the use of microorganisms and recombinant DNA techniques.

Research Project
Undertake an independent research project within the remit of expertise of our course team. Design experimental methods to test your aims or hypotheses and report the findings in the form of both a thesis and an oral presentation.

Dr. Margarita Gomez Escalada

Senior Lecturer

"I find it really exciting to generate new data and ideas alongside my students and collaborators, which may one day lead to changes in the ways in which we tackle diseases caused by microorganisms. Teaching allows me to share and explore these latest findings with those who will go on to work in the field."

Margarita recently produced internationally-recognised research treating acne with herbal compounds. Working with a student, she discovered that an extract of thyme was more effective than traditional chemical-based creams.

Facilities

- Biomedical Research Laboratory
The latest scientific testing equipment lets you put your learning into practice and break new ground in biomedical research.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Biomedical Sciences Laboratory
Housing state-of-the-art IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, cutting edge facilities for our students including walk-in cold rooms.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Develop advanced laboratory research skills to progress your career in the field of toxicology. You will enhance your understanding of the interaction of toxins with molecular targets, target organ toxicity, and the role of the immune system in response to toxins. Read more
Develop advanced laboratory research skills to progress your career in the field of toxicology. You will enhance your understanding of the interaction of toxins with molecular targets, target organ toxicity, and the role of the immune system in response to toxins.

You will learn about specific tests utilised in both research and industry, such as toxicological screening programmes used by pharmaceutical and medical companies, and improve your presentation and communication skills by analysing scientific literature and presenting scientific information. You will have access to a variety of research projects which align with the expertise of our staff within the Centre for Biomedical Sciences Research, including neurotoxicity testing using cell culture methods and developing smart bandages for wound care.

You will spend more than 200 hours within our biomedical laboratories, and have access to cell culture facilities and up-to-date molecular toxicology techniques.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 200.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/toxicological_sciences

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will be able to enter a wide range of careers, from working in scientific laboratories in pharmaceutical companies to developing further investigative and innovative research. Our course will provide the expertise you require to secure employment in laboratories in commercial industries such as food manufacturing or chemical facilities, where you will utilise your research and lab skills.

- Toxicologist
- Scientific Labratory Technician
- Microbiologist

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will spend over 200 hours of our course making good use of our biomedical science laboratories, working on specific research projects that are of interest to you and that align with our expertise. We will give you access to Class 2 microbiology facilities, along with cell culture and micro-electric fabrication equipment. With our new biomedical sciences research laboratory (opened in 2013), you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment.

You'll have your own tutor to support you in your specialist project areas, and will also have time work collaboratively with other research areas to enhance your overall outlook. Guest lectures from industry professionals will provide you with a valuable insight into the research methods currently used in practice.

Core Modules

Contemporary Research In Biomedical Science
Develop your ability to discuss and evaluate current research in biomedical sciences, and to relate this both to the theoretical basis of the subject and to the methodologies used to generate the data.

Advanced Professional Practice and Research
Gain a grounding in the different approaches to research, including quantitatative and qualitative data collection methods, allowing you to plan your own research and more.

Bio-analytical Techniques
Develop a greater understanding of analytical methods, along with how they can be optimised and assessed. You will also gain practical experience in the development of these skills.

Cellular Toxicology
Develop your understanding of the core principles of toxicology and an appreciation of current research in the area by preparing your own portfolio and by critically evaluating other laboratory-based techniques.

Research Project
Undertake an independent research project within the remit of expertise of our course team.

Mechanisms and Molecular Aspects of Immunopathology
Understand immunological disease and disorders, transplantation immunology, prophylaxis and immunotherapy.

Molecular Toxicology
Further explore selected aspects of toxicology and its applications leading to the development of a narrative review.

Facilities

- Biomedical Research Laboratory
The latest scientific testing equipment lets you put your learning into practice and break new ground in biomedical research.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Biomedical Science Laboratory
Housing state-of-the-art IT and AV facilities, our new Biomedical Sciences laboratory provides important, cutting edge facilities for our students including walk-in cold rooms.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This is a research-based degree, providing you with essential training in scientific research methodology and data analysis, as well as specific scientific techniques appropriate to the research microbiologist. Read more

This is a research-based degree, providing you with essential training in scientific research methodology and data analysis, as well as specific scientific techniques appropriate to the research microbiologist.

The course draws from the Department of Biological Sciences research strengths and expertise in cell biology of infectious diseases, host-parasite relationships and drug discovery across a wide range of infectious pathogens/bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. You will undertake a research project in the laboratories of internationally recognised researchers.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Designed for people who want to learn about the nature of microbes - and how to work with them.
  • Also suitable for microbiologists who want to update and expand their knowledge.
  • Department awarded the highest grading for quality of teaching and learning in the latest Quality Assurance Agency assessment.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The programme consists of lectures and practicals, with a research project in the second year. All modules are compulsory.

Topics include:

  • bacterial pathogenicity
  • antimicrobials
  • medical bacteriology
  • molecular microbiology
  • statistics
  • parasitology
  • medicinal chemistry
  • research skills in microbiology.

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