|Application deadline:||Early application is encouraged|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||September 2014, September 2015|
|Duration full-time:||12 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
|Educational variant:||Part-time, Full-time|
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This course aims to provide a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of medical microbiology including the spread of micro-organisms, disease causation, diagnosis and/or treatment of pathogens of major significance to public health and advanced practical training in this diverse field. The increasing incidence of microbial infections worldwide is being compounded by the rapid evolution of drug-resistant variants and opportunistic infections by other organisms.
Students wishing to be awarded the MSc degree in Medical Microbiology may take any of the modules shown below. In response to a high level of student interest in viral infections, LSHTM has decided to offer the opportunity for students who focus on viruses in their module and project choices to be awarded an MSc degree in Medical Microbiology (Virology). This choice will depend on the module selection of the individual student in Terms 2 and 3 and choice of project.
Graduates from this course move into global health careers related to medical microbiology in research or medical establishments and the pharmaceutical industry.
The Bo Drasar Prize is awarded annually for outstanding performance by a Medical Microbiology student. This prize is named after Professor Bohumil Drasar, the founder of the MSc Medical Microbiology course.
The Tsiquaye Prize is awarded annually for the best virology-based project report.
Full-time for one year or split study over two years. Students taking the course by split study over two years attend full-time for part of Year 1, then undertake the remainder of the course in Year 2. The split can occur anytime between the Christmas break and the end of the formal teaching in May, by prior arrangement with the Course Director. Paper 1 may be taken at the end of Year 1 or at the end of Year 2. Paper 2 must be taken at the end of Year 2. Interested applicants should indicate their choice on the application form.
* Split study fees are calculated pro rata for the periods of attendance only. For example, students who've chosen a Term 1 split date will be charged approximately 12 weeks fees (at the Year 1 fee rate) for their first year of study, and approximately 38 weeks fees (at the Year 2 full-time fee rate) for their second year of studies.
Term 1 begins with an initial one-week orientation period for all students. During this time students are introduced to the LSHTM and members of staff, given time to settle into London and to meet the other students on their course. There is an introduction to the MSc course and studying at the LSHTM, plus sessions on key computing and study skills. The Term 1 Module for the MSc Medical Microbiology consists of two compulsory modules; Bacteriology & Virology and Analysis & Design of Research Studies A further optional module is Molecular Biology. There is a separate assessment at the end of each Core Module, which both take the form of a practical examination and Multiple Choice Question test. Sessions on basic computing, molecular biology and statistics are run throughout the term for all students.
Terms 2 and 3
Students take a total of five modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.). Available modules are shown below. Some modules can be taken only after consultation with the Course Director.
Term 2 choices
Slot 1: Basic Parasitology; Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
Slot 2: Clinical Bacteriology 1; Molecular Virology.
Slot 3: Advanced Training in Molecular Biology; Clinical Virology;
Slot 4: Clinical Bacteriology 2; Molecular Biology Research Progress & Applications
Term 3 choices
Slot 5: Antimicrobial Chemotherapy; Mycology; Pathogen Genomics; Molecular Cell Biology & Infection
Students complete a laboratory-based original research project on an aspect of a relevant organism. Projects may take place within the School or with collaborating scientists in other colleges or institutes in the UK or overseas.
The majority of students who undertake projects abroad receive financial support for flights from the School's trust funds set up for this purpose
By the end of the course students should be able to:
* demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi and basic criteria used in the classification/taxonomy of these micro-organisms
* explain the modes of transmission and the growth cycles of pathogenic micro-organisms
* demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the outcomes of infections
* distinguish between and critically assess the classical and modern approaches to the development of therapeutic agents and vaccines for the prevention of human microbial diseases
* demonstrate knowledge of the laboratory diagnosis of microbial diseases and practical skills
* carry out a range of advanced skills and laboratory techniques, including the purification of isolated microbial pathogens, study of microbial growth cycles and analyses of their proteins and nucleic acids for downstream applications
* demonstrate research skills
Programme specifications: A comprehensive summary of the key elements of the degree, including educational aims and intended learning outcomes, plus details on programme structure, assessment requirements, student support and more.
Applicants must normally satisfy LSHTMs general entrance requirements and additional programme specific entrance requirements to be considered for admission. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the procedures and deadlines given in the web-based or printed prospectus.
* The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration is at least a second-class Honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a registerable qualification in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies appropriate to the programme. Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
* Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.
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The Royal College of Pathologists accepts the course as part of the professional experience of both medical and non-medical candidates applying for membership. The course places particular emphasis on practical aspects of the subjects most relevant to current clinical laboratory practice and research.