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Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, has a long history of providing high quality postgraduate education for clinicians and scientists working in the National Health Service (NHS), Public Health England (PHE), and industry. The aim of this programme is to prepare you for the next stage of your career, whether pursuing further research or professional study, or entering employment in the field of Biomedical Science. The course can also enhance the career prospects of those aspiring to middle and senior management positions within the NHS Pathology Service and commercial sector. 

The course is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Please note accreditation of a postgraduate degree course by the IBMS is not the same as accreditation of an undergraduate degree for HCPC State Registration. Completion of this postgraduate degree will not fulfil the education criteria for State Registration as a Biomedical Scientist with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Please check with the appropriate bodies that the course you plan to follow will be suitable for any professional accreditation you may require. 

The course aims to promote teaching and learning enriched by original scholarship and scientific research; encouraging students to become independent learners. Formal teaching comprises lectures, workshops, practical classes and demonstrations. Many of the lecturers are specialists in their field and are invited from many institutions within the UK. 


The course is offered with both part-time and full-time study options. 


To study this course as a part-time student you must be employed in a suitable laboratory within the NHS, PHE or the private sector and your employer will need to support your application, be able to give you time to study and provide a suitable project. The taught element of the course is provided one day a week and you will also be expected to undertake additional private study. In your first year of study you will attend on Tuesdays, and in your second year your day of attendance will be Thursdays. 


Undertaking the course full-time is most appropriate for overseas students and, more generally, recent graduates in biomedical science who are not already working in hospitals, medical schools, public health institutions and similar institutions. Full-time students are attached to the Centre for Immunobiology within the Blizard Institute (please note this is not a clinical attachment). 

Full-time students study for 12 months and will be expected to be able to attend teaching sessions at the University on Monday - Friday. In addition to the Tuesday and Thursday teaching shared with the part-time students, there are tutorials, research and clinical meetings on other days. 

Additional tuition

To enable the full-time students to participate fully in discussions about laboratory techniques and clinical cases with their part-time colleagues who are attending by day-release, additional tuition is provided in the formative studies module during the attachment to the Centre for Immunobiology. The additional tuition provides further hands-on practical experience using material designed to reflect the clinical samples and laboratory procedures in a routine hospital laboratory. The students are encouraged to complete the practical work as individuals to gain maximum experience, but discussion within the group and with the tutor is encouraged. 

Additional theoretical tutorials are also used throughout the year to broaden the students' experience of clinical microbiology. These tutorials include case presentations to and by the students, workshops, discussion sessions, question-and-answer sessions, and oral presentations by the students. Full-time students receive additional assignments to be completed throughout the year to allow them to monitor their own progress. Full-time students are also encouraged to attend the regular clinical journal club at Barts Health NHS Trust and research meetings within the Centre. 

Modules offered on this course are: 

  • Introduction to clinical microbiology (30 credits)
  • Molecular biology, pathogenesis and immunology (15 credits)
  • Antimicrobials in the laboratory and clinical practice (15 credits)
  • Prevention and control of communicable disease in the hospital and community (15 credits)
  • Clinical microbiology and infection (15 credits)
  • Laboratory management (15 credits)
  • Professional and research skills (15 credits)
  • Project (60 credits)

Learning and teaching

As students at Queen Mary University of London, you will be expected to play an active part in the acquisition of your skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed in the MSc programme including: seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, tutorials, case presentations, supported by reading lists of books and journal papers. Students are assigned a personal mentor who will guide them in both academic and pastoral matters throughout their time at Queen Mary. 


The MSc modules are assessed using a combination of final written examinations and a series of in-course assessments. The in-course assessments consist of literature reviews, oral and poster presentations, practicals and written exams. They are designed as a learning experience as well as a test of knowledge. 


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £10,764

Part time £5,382

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,003

Part time £10,001

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MSc Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology) page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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