School of Health and Life Sciences  

Clinical Microbiology

Whilst traditional diseases such as tuberculosis and cholera continue to devastate populations around the world, previously unrecognised infectious human pathogens such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and new strains of influenza emerge.

For almost a century mankind has relied heavily on vaccines and antimicrobial drugs to either prevent or treat infectious diseases. This approach has largely been successful, but with the discovery of new pathogens and increases in resistance to antimicrobials, the challenges facing microbiologists have never been greater.

UK & EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:1 Year

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry RequirementsUK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in microbiology, biological science or a related subject
English Language RequirementsIELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:1 Year

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry RequirementsUK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in microbiology, biological science or a related subject
English Language RequirementsIELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Further Education Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc

Course Duration:1 Year

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Biological and Biomedical Science

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2014/15 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry RequirementsUK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in microbiology, biological science or a related subject
English Language RequirementsIELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Programme Description

The programme provides a firm understanding of the impact of infectious disease on human populations worldwide. It takes a scientific approach to the field of clinical microbiology, emphasising the importance of research and development in the area, and exposes you to the latest advances in both the theory and practice of microbiology.

A combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory classes, culminating in a laboratory-based research project, develops the keys skills required of an independent researcher.

The programme provides you with comprehensive theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical experience of clinical microbiology. This will include the principles and practice of bacteriology, virology, parasitology and mycology; focusing on the transmission of pathogens, the disease process, diagnosis, treatment and the prevention of infectious disease.

Programme Contents

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Microbial Pathogenicity
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Skills for Professional Practice for Biosciences
  • Biomolecular Microbiology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Case Studies in Infectious Diseases
  • Research Project

Learning and Teaching Methods

A combination of lectures, seminars and practical laboratory classes, culminating in a laboratory based research project, develops the key skills required of an independent researcher.

Employment Opportunities

In addition to attaining a firm foundation of theoretical knowledge and an extensive range of practical skills, employment opportunities are enhanced through the development of a series of transferable skills necessary for success in a highly competitive market.

Career opportunities can be found in the areas of health and medicine, the life sciences sector and in university and industry research departments, as well as further study towards a PhD.

Programme Contacts

Contact Details

Dr Sue Lang

T: +44(0)141 331 8092

E: bioadmissions@gcu.ac.uk

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