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Year of Entry 2021/22
MSc

Molecular Microbiology

Gain a detailed understanding of contemporary microbiology – researching the industrial, commercial and medical aspects of the discipline.


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What is the fee? Home: £8,490 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

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Course summary

  • Explore the fundamental principles that underpin environmental, industrial and medical microbiology.
  • Learn how microorganisms cause disease and interact with the immune system and what practical steps can be taken to prevent and treat these conditions.
  • Consider how bacteria and fungi can be used as tools in a diverse range of industries.
  • Develop and enhance your laboratory skills from experimental design, through utilisation of pertinent techniques, to interpretation of results.

This course has been designed to respond to the increasing need for highly skilled microbiologists across a range of industries. You'll undertake the critical task of translating basic laboratory medical research into clinical and commercial applications.

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How you learn

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Watch course leader Dr Keith Miller talk about this course.

You experience a vibrant, challenging and supportive range of learning activities as you progress through the course. The overall aim of the programme is to give you sound preparation for a career in microbiology.

This course covers subjects such as diagnosis, understanding, treatment, and prognosis of disease, and biotechnology applications such as the production of drugs, environmental bioremediation.

Practical skills are developed throughout the course and you gain experience in molecular microbiology and other related techniques]\. All practical classes are led by academic staff whose research incorporates the latest microbiological and biotechnological techniques.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops and tutorials
  • laboratory classes
  • a research project
  • experience days

Course leaders and tutors

Keith Miller
Keith Miller
Senior Lecturer in Microbiology

During his teaching career at Sheffield Hallam Keith has taught microbiology and biochemistry and is the course leader for MSc Biomedical Sciences and MSc Biomedical … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

Research skills and statistical analysis are developed throughout the programme and applied to relevant microbiological problems/case studies. New elements of genomics and proteomics have been introduced allowing students to apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design, and management and data analysis. In the final trimester, students' apply their skills to a two month research project, working with an academic who is a specialist in the field, exploring a current microbiological application.

Field trips

Embedded in various modules are opportunities to visit organisations using microbiology practically in the healthcare, biotechnology and food and beverage industries. For example students studying microbial biotechnology have opportunities to visit a brewery and students enrolled on medical microbiology modules will get the chance to visit a clinical microbiology pathology laboratory.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • academic research
  • the industrial biotechnology sector
  • the health biotechnology sector
  • PhD study
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • food and beverage industries

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry-standard instrumentation
  • a state of the art microbiology suite in our research centre

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:1 in a relevant Honours degree is normally accepted as the entry requirement for the course. Applicants with a 2:2 are also actively encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with alternative qualifications with academic attainment or skills in subjects which are directly relevant to the course will also be considered.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Applications In Microbial Biotechnology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Laboratory Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Case Studies In Infectious Disease Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Fundamentals Of Microbial Biotechnology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Fundamentals Of Molecular Microbiology Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
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Module: Microbial Pathogenesis Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Current Laboratory Applications Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £8,490 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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