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Course content

The Infection Sciences MSc is for biomedical scientists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who wish to undertake flexible, part-time study towards a masters qualification in their specialist area of clinical pathology.

Designed to complement the professional qualifications of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the course allows you to expand your knowledge and skills in diagnostic laboratory medicine, learn to apply these skills to clinical diagnosis, laboratory management and research, and to develop as a reflective practitioner, all within the context of the Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) initiative.

You will take specialist modules in infection sciences, exploring the theoretical, applied and professional aspects of medical microbiology. You will also engage in a large amount of work-related learning and gain support from clinical practitioners.

The course has been developed in consultation with senior managers, laboratory managers and training staff from the NHS biomedical science profession.

Course structure

You attend university for a maximum of one day per week. A typical week consists of six hours of teaching contact through lectures, seminars and workshops, and six hours of student-centered learning through directed reading and assessment preparation.

Assessment methods vary between modules, but all of them have a significant coursework component, which involves case-studies, essays, presentations and reflective evaluation. Some modules have examination components such as interim tests and end of module exams.

The course has been designed to fit in with a variety of personal and professional circumstances. You can take the infection sciences modules alone for the PGCert, additional modules for the PGDip or complete a research project as well for the full MSc qualification.

The MSc qualification is normally achieved after three years of part-time study.

Areas of study

Students following the full MSc programme take:

•two infection sciences modules: exploring theoretical, applied and professional aspects of medical microbiology
•two modules that focus on the professional area of practice and work based learning to deepen your knowledge of biomedical science. These modules are only available to part-time students who are employed in clinical pathology departments
•applied molecular biology modules.
•service delivery in clinical pathology modules.
•a special topic option: you can select a topic from a range available in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences; examples include diabetes, biomedical statistics, and oxidative stress and human disease
research methods module: you will focus on research methods and project design. This module includes preparation for the research project
•a laboratory-based research project: so you can explore the discipline of blood sciences in depth. The project is based on a topic within blood sciences and includes work conducted in the clinical pathology laboratory workplace.

You will study some of the listed modules with students from the Cellular Sciences MSc and the Blood Sciences MSc, allowing for a multidisciplinary environment where different perspectives on clinical pathology can be shared.


Clinical Microbiology
Infection Control and Public Health in Infection Sciences
Seminars in Infection Sciences
Applied Molecular Biology
Service Delivery in Clinical Pathology
Advance Professional Practice in Clinical Pathology
Research Methods
Research Project

Options include:

Oxidative Stress and Human Disease
Advanced Instrumental Analysis
Biomedical Statistics
Clinical and Applied Immunology

Careers and Employability

The Infection Sciences MSc contains both professional elements and discipline-specific content, and is therefore a suitable part of training and development for the role of a band 7 healthcare scientist.

Visit the Infection Sciences - MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!





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