This course is designed to give you the opportunity to study and analyse the theoretical and practical basis of medical microbiology and many of the specialist areas within it. You will gain greater insight into the importance and role of medical microbiology, with an emphasis on cutting edge areas such as molecular diagnostics and genomics, emerging pathogens and antibiotic resistance.
You will study a range of core and option modules that will allow you to tailor studies to your own requirements. You will expand your knowledge of the basic science and analytical techniques relating to medical microbiology and gain an up-to-date understanding of the application of medical microbiology in bioscience/pharmaceutical research, as well as in diagnostic and therapeutic medicine. There will be an emphasis in the course on development of critical analysis skills in assessment of scientific literature and laboratory data. In addition you will have the opportunity to design and execute your own research project. The course team is supported by visiting lecturers who are practising scientists in the field, which helps to ensure that taught material is current and relevant.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules -CLINICAL ASPECTS OF MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY AND CHEMOTHERAPY -INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND PUBLIC HEALTH -MOLECULAR SCIENCE AND DIAGNOSTICS -POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH METHODS -POSTGRADUATE PROJECT
Option modules -AUTOMATION IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES -COMMUNICATING SCIENCE -EXTENDED POSTGRADUATE PROJECT -IMMUNOPATHOLOGY -MOLECULAR BIOINFORMATICS -PRINCIPLES OF MOLECULAR MEDICINE -SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
As well as gaining knowledge and skills in medical microbiology and other associated subject areas you will develop numerous other skills that are designed to make you competitive in the jobs market. Some students will already be working in healthcare and public health laboratories in the UK and overseas while others will be gaining the skills they need to work as a Biomedical or Clinical Scientist.
The course will also allow you to work in industry including the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors as well as regulatory affairs. You will also be well prepared for a career in research including further study at PhD level.