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Clinical Microbiology (MSc)

Course Description

The MSc in Clinical Microbiology aims to provide training in theoretical and practical aspects of medical microbiology and infectious diseases, with particular emphasis on laboratory diagnosis, patient management and infection control.

You will gain basic and advanced knowledge of important viral, bacterial and parasitic infections and learn how these infections are diagnosed and treated by clinicians.
Students who have completed the course will acquire relevant transferable skills such as data management, interpretation and presentation, time management and organisation, and effective verbal and written communication skills. In addition, your analytical and creative thinking skills will also be improved whilst undertaking the course.

The course has full accreditation of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, which is an acknowledgement of the quality and relevance of the course to individuals employed as biomedical scientists. If you are already employed and state-registered as a Grade 1 Biomedical Scientist the course is likely to enhance your career progression by improving your promotion prospects. For clinicians the course will also provide valuable training towards the FRCPath part 1 examination.

Lectures are delivered by a panel of leading national and international experts including academics from the University of Nottingham and other leading institutions. You will have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art microbiology techniques, acquire a broad base of theoretical knowledge and gain hands-on practical experience in clinical microbiology.

For those students wishing to go on to study for a PhD, this course offers excellent clinically-orientated research training and all students will undertake a high quality research project under the supervision of a research-active academic.

IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

Key facts

• The MSc in Clinical Microbiology is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and the Scottish Government.
• The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed The University of Nottingham's position as a world class research-led institution. Over 60% of the University's RAE scores identified research as being of a level of international excellence.
• This achievement has helped Nottingham to achieve a top 10 ranking in the UK and top 1% of Universities internationally according to the latest (2014) QS World University Rankings.
• The research carried out within Clinical Microbiology is recognised at an international level.

Visit the Clinical Microbiology (MSc) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lucy Clasper

After completing a BSc in Infection Sciences at the University of Edinburgh I had worked both in research and clinical laboratories over two years. In order to progress further on my career path I wanted to do a MSc in Clinical/Medical Microbiology to boost my CV.

Why Nottingham
My next career goal was to gain a position on the NHS Scientific Training Programme and I knew the University of Nottingham's Clinical Microbiology MSc contributed towards this training scheme. The course was also IBMS accredited and the university is well known for its excellence in its scientific research.

The course
The taught modules throughout the course covered all the key aspects of the subject Clinical Microbiology. Although the workload was high at times, the content of the courses were interesting and the hard work paid off in the end.

Research Facilities
Even though I had had two years laboratory experience I still learnt numerous new laboratory skills and techniques during the practical sessions and during my laboratory project that I can add to my CV. I enjoyed spending time in the laboratory and know the techniques I learnt will be useful in future jobs.

If I had any problems during the course there was always a tutor or supervisor I could speak to for help.


School of Life Sciences Post Graduate Taught course Scholarship 2016-17 - 12 Awards

The School of Life Sciences is offering 12 x £1,000 Scholarships towards tuition fees for the students who register to undertake one of the MSc courses offered by the School of Life Sciences to commence study in September 2016. The Scholarships are open to Home, European Union and International fee paying students; scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and individual merit. In order to apply for the scholarship applicants must have a copy of an acceptance letter confirming that you have a place of study for September 2016.The closing date for International student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 24th June 2016.The closing date for Home and EU student scholarship applications is 12:00 midday (UK time) on 12th August 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)



These scholarships are available to International, Home and European Union students. This is a competitive scheme and students will be awarded a scholarship on academic and individual merit.

Application Procedure

In order to apply for the scholarship you must have a Conditional Offer of a place of study.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 or above in related disclipline

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