Clinical Microbiology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 5.62 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 16.3 k / Year(s)  
158 place StudyQA ranking:6441 Duration:12 months

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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.

Lectures are delivered by a panel of leading national and international experts including University of Nottingham as well as academics from 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 is the 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.

Course Content

This course requires you to complete the following core modules:
o Introduction to Medical Microbiology (10 credits)
o Infection Control and Public Health (10 credits)
o Viral Pathogenesis and Infections (20 credits)
o Prevention and Treatment of Infection (20 credits)
o Advanced Clinical Microbiology (40 credits)
o Clinical Microbiology Research Methods (10 credits)
o Diagnostic Microbiology and Laboratory Methods (10 credits)
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
You will also undertake a 60-credit research project conducted over five months, usually in the laboratory of a member of faculty of the School. In some cases, the research project will be undertaken in the laboratory of one of our NHS colleagues, in collaboration with a member of the School faculty. This module will enable you to experience contemporary research methods by designing a research programme and performing experiments, surveys, or other research activities aimed at solving a specific biomedical problem.
Part-time students will carry out their projects in their sponsoring laboratory, while full time students will be accommodated in Nottingham.
This module is designed to increase your ability to critically analyse laboratory results and to use them to make decisions. You will also acquire skills in analysing research, time management and communication of scientific information.
Types of projects vary from laboratory-based projects to surveillance, audit, analytical clinical case studies and others, as approved by course organisers. Where possible, the student´s preferences are taken into account when allocating projects. The project will be written up in a concise format modelled on that of a peer-reviewed scientific paper.

The research module has an element of peer assessment where student members of the audience are invited to assess their colleagues´ performances according to set criteria and descriptors.

Course Structure
The MSc in Clinical Microbiology is taught on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 years for people in appropriate full-time employment.

This course comprises 180 credits, made up of 120 credits from the taught modules and a 60-credit research module. The taught modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures and student-centred learning methods, in which you will direct and manage your own teaching and learning with help from academic facilitators.

The last module is a practical module which allows an efficient co-operation between the student and the module facilitator, and provides you with `hands-on' experience of practical techniques that you can further develop during your research project.

We have recently introduced a problem-based learning (PBL) theme to the Applied Molecular Microbiology module. This allows you freedom for investigative research of a given topic. You can work as individuals, in pairs or collectively in groups to solve a problem.

Each student is allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the course, and regular meetings are scheduled throughout the year.

The course uses a variety of assessment methods that are dictated by the nature of the module. Forms of assessment include examinations in both essay and multiple-choice formats, written and verbally assessed coursework, and your practical knowledge in the Diagnostic Microbiology and Laboratory Methods module will be assessed by short-answer questions based on clinical scenarios.

Multiple choice assessments for many of the taught course modules are delivered online through the `Test Pilot' on-line assessment package, which is accessed through the Student Portal. This allows each test to be automatically marked quickly and accurately.
The Clinical Microbiology Research Methods module has an element of peer-assessment, where student members of the audience are invited to assess their colleagues' performances according to set criteria and descriptors.

Assessment of the Research Project will include a number of elements including observations of the student´s abilities made by the project supervisor, assessment of an oral presentation of the work, and assessment of the project write-up, which will be in the form of a scientific paper..In each case, assessment will be according to set criteria.
The online MSc database provides a central point for you to access your timetable, assessment results and easy access to additional module resources provided by lecturers and module convenors. You will be expected to work both independently and as part of a group.

Entry requirements:2.2IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)TOEFL paper based:573 with 4.5 in TWETOEFL computer based:230 with 4.5 in TWETOEFL IBT:88 (no less than 19 in any element) English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B)
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