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This MSc programme is built on the combined expertise in microbiology and infection that has been assembled through the establishment of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham. Read more
This MSc programme is built on the combined expertise in microbiology and infection that has been assembled through the establishment of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham.

It draws on the internationally recognized expertise of members of both the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and College of Medical and Dental Sciences to provide a course that will be attractive to aspiring biomedical scientists and clinical microbiologists worldwide.

Students graduating from this course can look forward to gaining a thorough grounding in this important area, with job opportunities throughout the public and private sector, as well as in research settings.

This course will provide graduates in the Biosciences with a sound theoretical background and hands-on laboratory experience in leading-edge microbiology. Students will gain specialist knowledge and insight in key aspects of bacterial infection.

The Institute of Microbiology and Infection at Birmingham brings together a group of researchers and lecturers from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and the College of Medical and Dental Sciences with expertise in a wide range of aspects of microbiology in infectious disease. The MSc Microbiology and Infection draws on this expertise to highlight the impact of recent advances in understanding of microbes in infection.

The course will enable students to develop basic abilities and skills on which to build professional capability in a healthcare or related microbiology or biomedical research setting.

About the School of Biosciences

As one of the top biosciences departments in the UK, our research covers the entire spectrum of cutting-edge biosciences. We are home to the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and part of the University’s Systems Science for Health initiative.
Our research focuses on a number of important themes that run through modern biological and biochemical research: Biosystems and Environmental Change; Microbiology and Infection; Molecules, Cells, Signalling and Health; and Plant Science.
Our postgraduate students join a diverse international community of staff and students. For students on research degrees, the annual Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium, organised by PhD students, is an example of an event where the whole School comes together to talk about science.
We have extensive high-technology facilities in areas such as functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, including a world-class Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility. Our cutting-edge facilities extend to protein structure determination and analysis, confocal microscopy, drug discovery, horticulture, structural biology and optical imaging. The £8 million Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The taught Infection Biology MSc will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses and parasites cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens. Read more
The taught Infection Biology MSc will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses and parasites cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens. You can choose to specialise in virology, microbiology (bacteriology) or parasitology.

Why this programme

-This degree in Infection Biology allows you to study in an Institute housing two UK National centres of excellence, in Virology and Parasitology, and active in the Scottish Infection Research Network (SIRN), a key clinical focus on healthcare-related
-You will work in the laboratories of internationally recognized infection biology researchers, conducting high quality basic, translational and clinical science.
-We have exciting scholarship opportunities.
-This MSc in Infection Biology provides access to a combination of highly specialised equipment, unique in Scotland, including cutting edge in vitro and in vivo research facilities for biological imaging, high content screening microscopy , and a state of the art polyomics facility bringing together metabolomics, proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and integrations of data sets with bioinformatics.
-You can attend guest lectures and workshops from scientists and clinicians working in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology fields.
-You can carry out a research project in an internationally recognized centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in infection biology.
-This Infection Biology degree integrates infection biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques.
-The MSc in Infection Bilogy offers breadth, covering bacteria, viruses and parasites.
-Students can opt to specialise in one of the three areas of infection biology, and will graduate with a named specialism e.g. MSc Infection Biology (Microbiology).
-Optional courses allow students to develop their interests: Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research; Drug discovery; Diagnostic technologies and devices; Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
-We have excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.
-Students have the opportunity to carry out a research project in an internationally recognized centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in infection biology.

Programme structure

The MSc programme will consist of five taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory, and two are chosen from a series of options.

The PGDip programme will consist of five taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsary courses and two chosen from a series of options.

The PgCert programme consists one core taught course over 3-4 months.

Core Courses and Project
-Host-pathogen interactions and immune responses to infection
-Omic technologies for the biomedical sciences: from genomics to metabolomics
-Designing a research project: biomedical research methodology
-Infection Biology Research project (laboratory based or non-laboratory based, in Virology, Parasitology, or Microbiology)

Optional Courses
-Drug discovery
-Diagnostic technologies and devices
-Current trends and challenges in biomedical research and health
-Technology transfer and commercialisation of bioscience research

Teaching and Learning Methods
A variety of methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories and problem-based learning. These are supplemented by a wide range of course-specific electronic resources for additional learning and self assessment. As a result, you will develop a wide range of skills relevant to careers in infection biology research, diagnostics or drug development. These skills include team-working, data interpretation and experimental design. You will use the primary scientific literature as an information resource.

Electronic Resources
Our online resources were voted the best in the United Kingdom in the International Student Barometer in 2012, and include:
-A continually updated Moodle (virtual learning environment) with extensive additional teaching and self-assessment materials
-Over 35,000 online textbooks and e-journals available through the University library website, 24/7
-Academic databases of biological sciences and medicine
-Henry Stewart Talks - animated audio visual presentations by world leading experts covering many topics in infection biology

Career prospects

The University of Glasgow MSc in Infection Biology provides you with many career opportunities.

Research: About half of our MSc students enter a research career, mainly by undertaking further postgraduate research studies towards a PhD), or by working in research laboratories in clinical or academic settings, including national government laboratories.

Industry: Other students go on to work in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic or biotechnological industries.

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This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID). Read more

Programme description

This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID).

Aimed at junior doctors currently undergoing, or about to undertake, specialty training in an infection discipline, this programme is open to trainees in the UK and worldwide.

This degree will also be attractive to those who have completed their training but wish to fulfill continuing medical education requirements or those who wish obtain a formal qualification in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

The programme is aligned with JRCPTB and RCPath training in infection disciplines: Combined Infection Training and Higher Specialty Training in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology.

This programme is designed to support trainees/specialists in preparation for FRCPath Part 1/Diploma in Infection, Infection Specialty end of training assessments and hospital-based practice.

Programme participants will have access to key texts and research bases and will have direct contact with leading clinicians and clinical scientists, providing a repository of information on infection disciplines that can be accessed at any time.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

This programme is taught entirely online. The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of trainees and specialist practitioners from all over the world.

Courses are offered as five week courses, each worth 10 credits. Courses in Year 1 are compulsory. Year 2 is a mix of compulsory and optional modules.

Year 1:

Introduction to Immunology
Science and biology of bacteria
Science and biology of viruses
Science and biology fungi, parasites and prions
Laboratory practise in microbiology, virology and serology
Anti-infective therapy and resistance

Year 2:

Immunopathology
Molecular diagnostics of infection
Community acquired infections and public health
Infection prevention & control
HIV infection and other immune-compromised patients
Clinical syndromes and infection
The returning traveller: Diagnosis, investigation and management of imported infection
Bioinformatics and study design in infectious diseases
Emerging Infectious Diseases

Year 3:

Research in Infection Medicine, written reflective element (project)

Career opportunities

This unique programme will offer the student the knowledge and skills required to enhance their career progression in clinical or academic medicine. The programme will offer an alternative to traditional classroom based research training for those candidates who do not wish to take time away from their professional commitments.

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This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. Read more
This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. The programme is mapped against an outcome competency framework for infection prevention and control and is continually revised so that it remains current and applicable to addressing the burden of healthcare associated infections.

What is so good about this course?

The programme is delivered by a team of highly experienced infection prevention and control academic educators and practitioners who have significant experience in supporting the development of infection prevention and control practitioners through face-to-face, distance and learning. We are supported by our clinical colleagues in hospital, community and public health settings. We use work-based learning to enable the integration of learning with clinical practice. with a high level of continuous guidance and support from the module team. All modules are mapped against infection prevention and control outcome competences.

Degree Combinations
Infection: Prevention and Control (Top Up) Distance Learning BSc

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Each module is taught face to face in the classroom setting using lectures, tutorials and workshops and is augmented by on line module materials. Modules are very interactive allowing student to share your learning and experiences with colleagues from a variety of roles, countries and settings. This will also allow students to engage with varying cultural perspectives. Module material is very much focused on clinical practice which will encourage students to reflect on perspectives and experiences and allow them to identify way of application to their own clinical setting. Module material is constantly updated to be relevant to current issues and drivers and activities are designed to represent real clinical scenarios. There may also be opportunities for focused visits if relevant and available.

- How you will be assessed

Module assessments will consist of a wide range of on-line innovative methods and will link closely with students’ role and responsibilities in clinical practice. Students will have full support from the module team to help them through assessments.

What you will study (full time)

Students will study four modules over two semesters (8 months):

Semester 1: Enhancing Academic Skills and Applied Microbiology for Infection Prevention and Control

Semester 2: Developing Research Based Practice and Enhancing Infection Prevention and Control Understanding and Practice

An additional optional 30 point, Level 10 Module is available to take into the MSc Infection: Prevention and Control programme. This is a special study module over the summer period focusing on an infection prevention and control topic.

What you will study (part time distance learning)

Students will study four modules over four semesters (16 months):

Advancing Academic Skills (September)
Improving Quality and Safety through Infection Prevention and Control (January)
Developing Evidence Based Practice (September)
Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precautions for Infection Prevention and Control (September)

All modules are also available on a stand-alone basis

Employability

Throughout the programme students will be able to demonstrate to your employer your developing competence against the outcome competences for infection prevention and control.

On completion of the programme students will have the underpinning knowledge required to work as a practitioner within infection prevention and control practitioner. They will also have developed high quality reflective and critical thinking skills.

Completing the Level 10 special study module will count towards a MSc if the student wishes to continue progressing with their study.

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This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. Read more
This programme will allow those responsible for infection prevention and control to develop their underpinning knowledge and skills so that they can be applied to practice. The programme is mapped against an outcome competency framework for infection prevention and control and is continually revised so that it remains current and applicable to addressing the burden of healthcare associated infections.

What is so good about this course?

The programme is delivered by a team of highly experienced infection prevention and control academic educators and practitioners who have significant experience in supporting the development of infection prevention and control practitioners through face-to-face, distance and learning. We are supported by our clinical colleagues in hospital, community and public health settings. We use work-based learning to enable the integration of learning with clinical practice. with a high level of continuous guidance and support from the module team. All modules are mapped against infection prevention and control outcome competences.

Degree Combinations
Infection: Prevention and Control (Top Up) Distance Learning BSc

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Each module is taught face to face in the classroom setting using lectures, tutorials and workshops and is augmented by on line module materials. Modules are very interactive allowing student to share your learning and experiences with colleagues from a variety of roles, countries and settings. This will also allow students to engage with varying cultural perspectives. Module material is very much focused on clinical practice which will encourage students to reflect on perspectives and experiences and allow them to identify way of application to their own clinical setting. Module material is constantly updated to be relevant to current issues and drivers and activities are designed to represent real clinical scenarios. There may also be opportunities for focused visits if relevant and available.

- How you will be assessed

Module assessments will consist of a wide range of on-line innovative methods and will link closely with students’ role and responsibilities in clinical practice. Students will have full support from the module team to help them through assessments.

- What you will study (full time)

Students will study four modules over two semesters (8 months):

Semester 1: Enhancing Academic Skills and Applied Microbiology for Infection Prevention and Control

Semester 2: Developing Research Based Practice and Enhancing Infection Prevention and Control Understanding and Practice

An additional optional 30 point, Level 10 Module is available to take into the MSc Infection: Prevention and Control programme. This is a special study module over the summer period focusing on an infection prevention and control topic.

- What you will study (part time distance learning)

Students will study four modules over four semesters (16 months):

Advancing Academic Skills (September)
Improving Quality and Safety through Infection Prevention and Control (January)
Developing Evidence Based Practice (September)
Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precautions for Infection Prevention and Control (September)

All modules are also available on a stand-alone basis

Employability

Throughout the programme students will be able to demonstrate to your employer your developing competence against the outcome competences for infection prevention and control.

On completion of the programme students will have the underpinning knowledge required to work as a practitioner within infection prevention and control practitioner. They will also have developed high quality reflective and critical thinking skills.

Completing the Level 10 special study module will count towards a MSc if the student wishes to continue progressing with their study.

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Our part-time day release MSc in Medical Microbiology is IBMS accredited and designed for those already working in the field who aspire to become leaders in their profession. Read more
Our part-time day release MSc in Medical Microbiology is IBMS accredited and designed for those already working in the field who aspire to become leaders in their profession.

The programme is highly regarded in professional and academic circles. It will increase your scientific understanding of Medical Microbiology and develop your critical and analytical skills.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This 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.

You will study the theoretical aspects of medical microbiology, which encompasses: 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 antimicrobial treatment of infectious disease.

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

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied part-time over two academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a research project. The following modules 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.
-Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Infections Part 1: Diseases
-Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Diseases Part 2: Treatment
-Introduction to Immunology
-Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases 2
-Viral Infections
-Epidemiology, Disease Control and Public Health
-Management of Scientific Research
-Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology
-Research Project

WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR?

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

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

This part-time two year programme is intended primarily for those who are already working in the field of Medical Microbiology who aspire to become leaders in their profession.

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.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
-Medical Microbiology and its underlying scientific basis
-Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data and formulation of conclusions
-Managerial and research skills required for further professional development as scientists

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Appraise scientific literature
-Critically analyse new developments in technology
-Formulate hypothesis

Critically analyse experimental data
-Design experiments
-Professional practical skills
-Analyse numerical data using appropriate statistical packages and computer packages
-Articulate experimental data effectively through oral and written work
-Apply key Medical Microbiology laboratory skills to academic research
-Compose an original experiment independently

Key / transferable skills
-Critically analyse literature and data
-Solve problems
-Evaluate and exploit new technology
-Reason effectively
-Time management whilst working independently and as a team member
-Interrogate data using statistical and numerical skills
-Prepare high quality assignments using Information Technology including specialist packages

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry. Read more
The programme aims to provide students with training and learning opportunities in the skills and specialised knowledge needed to equip them for a career in biotechnology, molecular biotechnology or molecular biology, in particular in industry.

Practical skills will include sessions on fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry, and you will go on to complete a major, supervised laboratory or computer-based research project.

Transferable skills gained via this programme will include written and oral presentation skills, statistics, and the ability to plan and write a grant application or a business plan. Subject-specific skills will include key techniques used in molecular biotechnology, specialist knowledge in theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, including: process engineering, molecular biology, functional genomics, 'omics' technologies, protein expression systems and antibody engineering. Practical skills will include fermentation, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology and protein chemistry.

Careers

While many graduates will go on to employment in biotechnology companies, you will also be employable in other life sciences industries or able to go on to further study and research.

About the School of Biosciences

As one of the top biosciences departments in the UK, our research covers the entire spectrum of cutting-edge biosciences. We are home to the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and part of the University’s Systems Science for Health initiative.
Our research focuses on a number of important themes that run through modern biological and biochemical research: Biosystems and Environmental Change; Microbiology and Infection; Molecules, Cells, Signalling and Health; and Plant Science.
Our postgraduate students join a diverse international community of staff and students. For students on research degrees, the annual Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium, organised by PhD students, is an example of an event where the whole School comes together to talk about science.
We have extensive high-technology facilities in areas such as functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, including a world-class Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility. Our cutting-edge facilities extend to protein structure determination and analysis, confocal microscopy, drug discovery, horticulture, structural biology and optical imaging. The £8 million Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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One of the most rapidly developing areas of toxicology is the use of molecular, cell biology and omics to identify adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) and to develop a mechanistic understanding of chemical toxicity at the cellular and molecular level. Read more
One of the most rapidly developing areas of toxicology is the use of molecular, cell biology and omics to identify adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) and to develop a mechanistic understanding of chemical toxicity at the cellular and molecular level. This is not only of fundamental interest (i.e., understanding the mechanism of action) but it also relates to an increased need for a mechanistic component in chemical risk assessment and development of high throughput screens for chemical toxicity.

The MRes in Molecular Mechanistic Toxicology is a one-year full-time programme that provides students with a research-orientated training in a lively, highly interactive teaching and research environment.

Programme content

The programme is coordinated by the School of Biosciences, which is recognised internationally as a major centre for both teaching and research in Toxicology. Molecular Toxicology is a major component of the School of Biosciences research activities along with interactions with other departments including Chemistry and the Medical School.

Specific areas of active research include:

- Mechanisms of cell toxicity
- Development of novel DNA binding chemicals
- Cellular proliferation and differentiation
- Environmental genomics and metabolomics
- Molecular biomarkers of genotoxicity, oxidative stress and cellular responses
- Role of environmental and genetic factors in disease
- Learning and teaching

Two five-week taught modules are held in Semester 1 in conjunction with the taught MSc in Toxicology programme. Training in generic and laboratory research skills is also an important element of the programme. The programme also includes a six-month research project, which provides students with an opportunity for further advanced research training and hands-on experience of molecular and cellular biology techniques embedded in a research laboratory. Research projects can take place either in academic or industrial institutions.

About the School of Biosciences

As one of the top biosciences departments in the UK, our research covers the entire spectrum of cutting-edge biosciences. We are home to the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and part of the University’s Systems Science for Health initiative.
Our research focuses on a number of important themes that run through modern biological and biochemical research: Biosystems and Environmental Change; Microbiology and Infection; Molecules, Cells, Signalling and Health; and Plant Science.
Our postgraduate students join a diverse international community of staff and students. For students on research degrees, the annual Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium, organised by PhD students, is an example of an event where the whole School comes together to talk about science.
We have extensive high-technology facilities in areas such as functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, including a world-class Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility. Our cutting-edge facilities extend to protein structure determination and analysis, confocal microscopy, drug discovery, horticulture, structural biology and optical imaging. The £8 million Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This masters programme is designed to prepare you for a career in research in molecular and cellular biology and its applications. Read more
This masters programme is designed to prepare you for a career in research in molecular and cellular biology and its applications.

It comprises a year of intensive training and research experience leading to the award of an MRes degree which will give you a ‘flying start’ to a subsequent PhD programme, if this is your chosen career path.

This programme is designed to prepare you for a career in research in molecular and cellular biology and its applications. It comprises a year of intensive training and research experience leading to the award of an MRes degree which will give you a ‘flying start’ to a subsequent PhD programme, if this is your chosen career path.

The programme aims to provide training in the practical aspects that underlie research science in this field. To achieve this aim the course contains a very high level of hands-on research, as it is our view there is no better training than lab experience.

Programme content

Two-thirds of the programme is taken up by two approximately 18-week research projects, which are undertaken in different laboratories and with different supervisors. A very wide range of research topics falling within the scope of molecular and cellular biology is available within the School; this range extends from structural biology at one extreme to multicellular systems at the other.

In addition to this direct research experience, there are two compulsory taught modules which provide training in:

- Science Funding and Enterprise Skills in Biosciences
- Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology
These modules cover the basic principles underlying scientific research methods and the design of biological/biochemical experiments, and discussion of modern techniques in molecular and cellular biology. In addition, the science funding and enterprise module provides the skills required to obtain funding for sciences. This includes grant and business case writing and scientific presentation skills. You can also take courses to develop general research skills arranged through the Biosciences Graduate Research School.

The taught modules consist of a combination of seminars and lectures. The lab work that is carried out during the course is student-led. You will be able to choose areas of molecular and cellular biology that fit with your career aspirations.

Assessment

The two taught modules are assessed via examination, essays and oral presentations. The two research projects are assessed via written thesis and an oral examination.

Skills gained

This programme offers the following advantages:

Broad training in the skills and techniques of contemporary research in molecular and cellular biology
The opportunity to experience research in at least two different areas
Increased breadth and experience, which will enhance subsequent employability
The course will also enable you to:

Conduct and fund independent research
Present research results in an appropriate manner both written and orally
Have an appreciation and knowledge of the use of modern techniques in molecular and cellular biology
Build and develop scientific research projects in the public and private sector
Careers

Those who perform effectively in the MRes often continue at Birmingham to a PhD; however, the MRes also provides a very good qualification to move into research and a wide range of professions.

About the School of Biosciences

As one of the top biosciences departments in the UK, our research covers the entire spectrum of cutting-edge biosciences. We are home to the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and part of the University’s Systems Science for Health initiative.
Our research focuses on a number of important themes that run through modern biological and biochemical research: Biosystems and Environmental Change; Microbiology and Infection; Molecules, Cells, Signalling and Health; and Plant Science.
Our postgraduate students join a diverse international community of staff and students. For students on research degrees, the annual Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium, organised by PhD students, is an example of an event where the whole School comes together to talk about science.
We have extensive high-technology facilities in areas such as functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, including a world-class Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility. Our cutting-edge facilities extend to protein structure determination and analysis, confocal microscopy, drug discovery, horticulture, structural biology and optical imaging. The £8 million Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This programme provides vocational training in the theoretical, clinical and laboratory aspects of toxicology. You will learn about the nature and mechanism of adverse effects of chemicals such as those found in industry, in the household, in agriculture, in medicine and those that occur naturally in the environment. Read more
This programme provides vocational training in the theoretical, clinical and laboratory aspects of toxicology.

You will learn about the nature and mechanism of adverse effects of chemicals such as those found in industry, in the household, in agriculture, in medicine and those that occur naturally in the environment. We give particular emphasis to molecular and cellular mechanisms of toxicity and to risk assessment.

The MSc in Toxicology programme aims to:

- provide a broad, modern training in the theoretical and practical aspects of toxicology
- prepare individuals to collate, interpret and communicate toxicological information
- provide an opportunity to study at the cutting edge of research in a chosen specialist field of toxicology in clinical practice, industry or academia
- develop student awareness of the importance of toxicology to industry, health, the environment and society.

Skills gained

As well as specialist disciplinary knowledge, graduates of the MSc Toxicology programme will also acquire many transferable skills such as the ability to design experiments using a variety of research techniques, collate and interpret the data, use of specialist computer software packages to predict metabolism and toxicity, communication and interpersonal skills, which will all provide an appropriate grounding for employment or further study.

Careers

Toxicology relates to many aspects of our everyday activities, so a career in this field promises to provide a variety of opportunities aimed at improving the standard of life and the environment. Career opportunities are excellent, as even in times of economic hardship toxicology remains a necessary and important area for funding.

About the School of Biosciences

As one of the top biosciences departments in the UK, our research covers the entire spectrum of cutting-edge biosciences. We are home to the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and part of the University’s Systems Science for Health initiative.
Our research focuses on a number of important themes that run through modern biological and biochemical research: Biosystems and Environmental Change; Microbiology and Infection; Molecules, Cells, Signalling and Health; and Plant Science.
Our postgraduate students join a diverse international community of staff and students. For students on research degrees, the annual Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium, organised by PhD students, is an example of an event where the whole School comes together to talk about science.
We have extensive high-technology facilities in areas such as functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, including a world-class Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility. Our cutting-edge facilities extend to protein structure determination and analysis, confocal microscopy, drug discovery, horticulture, structural biology and optical imaging. The £8 million Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Research in the School of Biosciences centres around four interlinked groupings, which focus on multi and interdisciplinary research. Read more
Research in the School of Biosciences centres around four interlinked groupings, which focus on multi and interdisciplinary research.

Each theme represents areas of research excellence in human, animal, plant, microbial, cell and molecular biology, and these areas integrate with systems biology and structural biology.

Research students at the School are members of the Biosciences Graduate Research School, and receive training in many generic and transferable skills in addition to those that are specific to their research discipline. We give special emphasis to postgraduate student research training, including regular monitoring of progress and the provision of an induction programme and short courses in core and specialised techniques.

About the School of Biosciences

As one of the top biosciences departments in the UK, our research covers the entire spectrum of cutting-edge biosciences. We are home to the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and part of the University’s Systems Science for Health initiative.
Our research focuses on a number of important themes that run through modern biological and biochemical research: Biosystems and Environmental Change; Microbiology and Infection; Molecules, Cells, Signalling and Health; and Plant Science.
Our postgraduate students join a diverse international community of staff and students. For students on research degrees, the annual Biosciences Graduate Research Symposium, organised by PhD students, is an example of an event where the whole School comes together to talk about science.
We have extensive high-technology facilities in areas such as functional genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, including a world-class Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility. Our cutting-edge facilities extend to protein structure determination and analysis, confocal microscopy, drug discovery, horticulture, structural biology and optical imaging. The £8 million Phenome Centre Birmingham is a large metabolic phenotyping facility led by internationally recognised metabolomics and clinical experts at the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Birmingham Health Partners.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The MRes in Biomedical Research. Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection is a 12 month postgraduate course providing exemplary academic and research training. Read more
The MRes in Biomedical Research: Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection is a 12 month postgraduate course providing exemplary academic and research training. The Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection stream is a specialised stream on a larger course (the MRes in Biomedical Research). This programme will provide research training in fundamental aspects of bacterial pathogenesis, host immunity and antibiotic resistance, with particular attention to the scientific, technical and professional acumen required to establish research independence. The emphasis will be on molecular approaches to understanding bacterial infection biology, as a function of bacterial pathogenic strategy and physiology, as well as resistance to host defences and antibiotic therapy, and is comprised of two 20-week research projects embedded within research-intensive groups and a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops.

Based in the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection, the course provides an opportunity to learn directly from internationally-respected scientists through sustained interaction for the duration of the course. This programme will deliver training in: Molecular microbiology, including integration of molecular and cellular information to understand the genetic basis of virulence; modelling host and microbial aspects of infection to help characterise the host-pathogen interaction and immunity; functionality and physiological relevance of microbial virulence factors; mechanisms of antibiotic resistance and persistence; derivation of mechanistic approaches to problem-solving in molecular and cellular biomedical science.

Course Objectives
The emphasis is on molecular approaches to understanding infection as a function of bacterial pathogenic strategy and physiology. This research-oriented approach to training in biomedical science will comprise both theoretical and practical elements. The course will expose students to the latest developments in the field through two mini-research projects and a series of technical workshops. Students will gain experience in applying technologically advanced approaches to biomedical research questions.

Specifically the course will deliver research training in:

• Molecular bacteriology, integrating molecular and cellular information to understand the genetic basis of microbial virulence.
• Modelling host and microbial aspects of infection to help characterise the host-pathogen interaction and immunity.
• By experimentation, understanding the biochemical functions and physiological relevance of microbial virulence factors and antibiotic resistance.
• Derivation of mechanistic approaches to problem-solving in molecular and cellular biomedical science.

Individuals who successfully complete the course will have developed the ability to:

• Demonstrate practical dexterity in the commonly employed and more advanced practical techniques of molecular and cellular microbiology
• Exercise theoretical and practical knowledge and competence required for employment in a variety of biomedical environments
• Identify appropriate methodology during experimental planning
• Interpret and present scientific data
• Interrogate relevant scientific literature and develop research plans
• Recognise the importance of justifying expenditure (cost and time) during experimental planning
• Recognise potential methodological failings and strategise accordingly
• Perform novel laboratory-based research, and exercise critical scientific thought in the interpretation of findings
• Write and defend research reports, which appraise the results of laboratory based scientific study
• Communicate effectively through writing, oral presentations and IT to facilitate further study or employment in molecular, cellular and physiological science
• Exercise a range of transferable skills

This will be achieved by providing:

• A course of lectures, seminars, tutorials and technical workshops. The programme is underpinned by the breadth and depth of scientific expertise in the participating department.
• Hands-on experience of a wide repertoire of scientific methods
• Two research projects
• Training in core transferable skills

The MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection (Departments of Medicine and Life Science) is located at the South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mrc-centre-for-molecular-bacteriology-and-infection

Candidates are expected to hold a good first degree (upper second class or better) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification if obtained outside the UK.

Please visit the course website for more information about how to apply, and for more information about the various streams of specialism which run within the course.

Early application is strongly advised. Please note that while applications can be considered after receipt of one recent reference, two will be required as standard for confirmation of acceptance by College.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kylie Glasgow
Manager, Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection
Imperial College London
London, SW7 2AZ
E-mail

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Home, EU and Overseas applicants hoping to start this course in October 2017 will be eligible to apply for the Faculty of Medicine Dean's Master’s Scholarships. This scheme offers a variety of awards, including full tuition payment and a generous stipend. For more information, please visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/medicine/study/postgraduate/deans-masters-scholarships/. Applications for 2017 are not yet open (do check the website again early in the new year).

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Our IBMS accredited full-time, two-year MSc in Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) offers you a unique learning experience, delivering extensive research training combined with taught modules. Read more
Our IBMS accredited full-time, two-year MSc in Medical Microbiology (EuroMasters) offers you a unique learning experience, delivering extensive research training combined with taught modules.

You will be given the opportunity to work within internationally recognised groups and be taught by leading experts in the field of Medical Microbiology.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

This programme combines taught modules with extensive research training, increasing your scientific understanding of Medical Microbiology whilst developing your critical and analytical skills.

You will study theoretical aspects of Medical Microbiology which encompass: 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 antimicrobial treatment of infectious disease.

The extensive research experience you receive differentiates this Euromasters programme from all other UK MSc Medical Microbiology programmes, and allows us to produce graduates highly sought-after by employers.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years. It consists of twelve taught modules and a research project. The following modules 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.
-Viral Infections
-Managing Research
-Epidemiology, Disease control and Public Health
-Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology
-Bacterial, Protozoal and Fungal Diseases Part 1: Diseases
-Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
-Introduction to Immunology
-Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases
-Research Methods 1
-Research Methods 2
-Critical Review of the Scientific Literature
-Journal Club
-Research project

CAREER PROSPECTS

Medical Microbiology (Euromasters) graduates are working in senior research positions in industry, academia or the public sector in the UK and around the world. Others have gone on to apply the extensive research experience obtained during the programme to study for a PhD.

Many part-time students already working in the public or private sector receive a promotion as a result of their qualification, having significantly improved their practice during the course.

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

This full-time two year programme is intended primarily for those who already have some practicalexperience in medical microbiology or a closely related field. Those who undertake this MSc will aspire to become leaders in their profession.

The programme therefore aims to provide a strong scientific and intellectual platform on which further development can be built, including the ability to evaluate and exploit new technology.

The programme will develop students’ ability to conceive, execute and manage full-time research projects with the aim of equipping students for careers in microbiology research.

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Medical Microbiology and its underlying scientific basis
-Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data and formulation of conclusions
-Managerial and research skills required for further professional development as scientists

Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Appraise scientific literature
-Critically analyse new developments in technology
-Formulate hypothesis
-Critically analyse experimental data
-Design experiments

Professional practical skills
-Analyse numerical data using appropriate statistical packages and computer packages
-Articulate experimental data effectively through oral and written work
-Apply key Medical Microbiology laboratory skills to academic research
-Compose an original experiment independently

Key / transferable skills
-Critically analyse literature and data
-Solve problems
-Evaluate and exploit new technology
-Reason effectively
-Time management whilst working independently and as a team member
-Interrogate data using statistical and numerical skills
-Prepare high quality assignments using Information Technology including specialist packages

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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Programme description. One year full-time, two years part-time. This programmes develop your skills and understanding in clinical microbiology, and gives you a thorough knowledge of associated subjects such as molecular biology. Read more
Programme description
One year full-time, two years part-time

This programmes develop your skills and understanding in clinical microbiology, and gives you a thorough knowledge of associated subjects such as molecular biology. Your formal teaching will include lectures, practicals and workshops. The lecturers are specialists in their fields and are invited from many institutions in the UK. The practicals are extensive and give you the maximum hands-on experience in all aspects of clinical microbiology. The practicals are taught in a large purpose-built teaching laboratory.

Many students use the MSc as preparation for their FRCPath examinations and the degree is accredited by the Association of Clinical Microbiologists as part of the training for clinical scientists.

Programme outline
Your studies will be broad-based, with extensive coverage of the following topics:

Bacteriology
Virology
Mycology
Parasitology
Bacterial pathogenicity
Immunology
Molecular biology
Microbial disease � diagnosis, treatment and prevention
Antimicrobials and chemotherapy
Epidemiology and public health
Hospital infection.
Module 1: Clinical Microbiology: Pathogens and Commensals

Module 2: Diagnostic Microbiology and Laboratory Methods

Module 3: Molecular Biology, Microbial Pathogenesis and the Host Immune Response

Module 4: Antimicrobials

Module 5: Public Health and Communicable Disease Control

Module 6: Clinical Microbiology: Diagnosis and Management of Human Disease and Control of Hospital Infection

Module 7: Clinical Microbiology Research and Presentation Skills

Module 8: Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Management

Module 9: Research Dissertation.

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The programme is designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and competence in your role as an infection prevention and control or health protection practitioner, and is mapped against an international professional competency framework. Read more
The programme is designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and competence in your role as an infection prevention and control or health protection practitioner, and is mapped against an international professional competency framework.

What is so good about this course?

The programme is delivered by a team of Infection Prevention and Control academics, researchers and practitioners with significant experience in supporting the development of infection prevention and control practitioners through online distance learning. Our team has expertise in hospitals, community and public health settings. Work-based learning is used to enable the integration of learning with clinical practice, with a high level of continuous guidance and support from the module team All modules are mapped against professional competencies.

Teaching & Assessment

- How you will be taught

Modules are very interactive allowing you to share your learning and experiences with colleagues from a variety of roles, countries and settings. Module material is constantly updated to be relevant to current issues and drivers and activities are designed to represent real clinical scenarios.

- How you will be assessed

All assessment is by coursework. This will include group work to help develop your collaboration, decision-making and reporting skills.

- What you will study (full time)

You will study two modules per year:

Applied Microbiology and Evidence-Based Precautions for Infection Prevention and Control
Communicable Disease Control OR Improving Quality and Safety through Infection, Prevention and Control
Leadership OR Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
A dissertation double module that must focus on infection prevention or control
All modules are available on a stand-alone basis, and you can exit with a post-graduate certificate after two modules or a post-graduate diploma after 4.

Employability

Throughout the programme you will be able to demonstrate to your employer your developing skills, mapped against the Infection Prevention Society or your own national competency frameworks.

On completion of the programme you will have the knowledge required to work as an infection prevention and control practitioner, along with the benefits that come with Master's level study such as developing critical research and enquiry skills.

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