Masters | Postgraduate Course - Molecular Medical Microbiology MSc Course Details within University of East London

UEL Stratford Campus
Tel:0208 223 4163
Course Fees
UK/EU: Full-time 2015/16: £8,000 Part-time 2015/16: £1,333 per 30 credit module; International Students: Full-time 2015/16: £11,700 Part-time 2015/16: £1,950 per 30 credit module
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Molecular Medical Microbiology MSc

Study Details

MSc Full time, Part time

This modular programme aims to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of the specialist area of medical microbiology and the necessary skills to undertake individual and collaborative research in this field. This programme has been designed for students wishing to make a career of research in medical microbiology. Like many areas of biology, the cutting edge of research is primarily focussed at the molecular level using the recently developed, and constantly improving, techniques such as genomics and proteomics. Increasing knowledge in this area is leading to a better understanding of how micro-organisms cause disease and how this knowledge may be applied to the development of novel approaches to disease therapy. In this programme you will study these areas in some depth.

The focus of the programme is not simply on the state of current knowledge but also the methodology used in obtaining that knowledge, making use of recent research papers to inform class discussion. In addition to taught modules in the field you will also be trained in research processes, culminating in an individual research project which will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your individual skills and abilities.This modular programme aims to produce postgraduate students with a sound knowledge of both practical and theoretical aspects of the specialist area of Immunology, with emphasis on its clinical applications. It aims to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake individual and collaborative research in this field.

Key Facts

  • IBMS Accredited Programme
  • Good connections with NHS, Pharmaceutical industry, and other employers.
  • Purpose-built facilities

Why Choose Us?

The programme has a strong bioinformatics component and student get the chance to use the latest proteomics techniques and technology.

Module details

  • An understanding of the diverse nature of micro-organisms which are capable of giving rise to disease 
  • Awareness and understanding of the methods employed in, or under development for the prophylaxis and/or therapy of infectious diseases, their appropriate application and their benefits and limitations
  • Introduce the concepts and language of bioinformatics, Main topics include: Genome organisation and analysis, archive, information retrieval and alignments, technologies associated with genome expression
  • Research methods, addresses the underlying principles of research planning and design, data collection methods, statistical and computer analysis and communication skills
  • Research Project: laboratory or as a computer-based.

Entry Requirements

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team is able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

For entry to this programme, students are required to have qualifications equivalent to a honours degree from a UK university in a subject with a significant component of microbiology relevant subject or experience. For overseas students there is a requirement for an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher (or equivalent), TOEFL score of 650 or an equivalent. Applicants whose qualifications do not conform to these criteria may be admitted to the programme at the admission tutors discretion which will normally involve an interview.

Please note you would usually be expected to have at least a Grade C in English and Maths GCSE.

Most programmes also accept Key Skills Level 2 Application of Number and Communication as equivalent to GCSE Maths and English.

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent). 

Programme Assessment

◦Project work is an essential component of a Masters degree programme and one that most students enjoy. Small projects and group work exercises feature throughout the programme.
◦The individual research project is the culmination of the programme makes up 33% of the programme.
◦Project work encourages students to show initiative in their individual work under supervision, using appropriate analytical techniques to generate and interpret new data.
◦Dissertation preparation develops literature researching, presentation and written communication skills essential in professional life.

Student Destinations

Most graduates would be expected to pursue research careers in the Pharmaceutical Industry, in the National Health Service or Health Protection Agency, in academic research in Universities, research institutes etc. Many students go on to laboratory based careers but there are also careers in areas such as scientific sales and management, clinical data management etc. This degree can also be utilised by those students who have less specific career aspirations but enjoy the challenge of scientific study at this advanced level.

Whoever you are, whatever your background, we want to help you make the most of your time at UEL and ensure that your course will help lead you to where you want to go. UEL's dedicated Employability and Enterprise Team (EET) is on hand to support you throughout your studies and beyond. Not only should your course help lead you to the job you want, but also the skills and experience you gain along the way can prove invaluable both in starting and developing your career.