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Microbiology & Biotechnology (MSc)

Course Description

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.


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.


- 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/

Visit the Microbiology & Biotechnology (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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