M.Sc. Molecular Medical Microbiology

University of East London | London , United Kingdom
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.

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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.

MSc Molecular Medical Microbiology at UEL

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date , January 2017
Credits A total of 180 credits at level M are needed for the award of an MSc
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Programme structure

  • One year full time or two years part time for MSc and PG Diploma.
  • One year part time for PG Certificate.
  • Part time students take one optional module in semester A and one in semester B. In year two they take one optional module in semester A and the research skill module in semester B. The project is carried out in year 2.
  • Taught modules are delivered in a semesterised system, with semesters running from September to January and February to June. The research projects will run through the summer period.

Learning environment

  • Learning is encouraged through participation in a wide variety of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory-based practicals, web-based learning etc.
  • In addition all students are expected to read extensively in their own time. Much of this reading will be directed.
  • Success at university depends on developing your ability to study independently using library resources, Computer-assisted learning (CAL), handouts and web-based study activities.
  • These skills are reinforced in modules in the first semester. These enable us to assess your independent learning needs at university, and also help to develop those transferable skills so important in working life. The skills with which you start the programme may vary considerably between individuals, so your personal tutor will direct your skills development work on an individual basis.

Assessment

  • Students are assessed in practical work and theory.
  • In taught modules 40% of the module mark is derived from coursework during the semester (this can take a variety of forms including laboratory work, data analysis, essays, oral presentations etc.) and the remaining 60% from written theory examinations at the end of the semester.
  • The Research Skills module is assessed by coursework involving a variety of forms of presentation.
  • The Research Project is assessed mainly by the final written report, with contributions from a poster presentation and portfolio.
  • The pass mark for all modules is 50%

Relevance to work/profession

  • The curriculum is tailored to current demand in a all areas of microbiology .
  • Emphasis is placed on the development of skills as well as academic knowledge.
  • Part-time students in relevant employment may be permitted to carry out research projects at their place of work.

English Language Requirements

IELTS Take IELTS test
6.5
CAE score
180(Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)
650

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Requirements

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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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