Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Microbiology

This is a research-based degree, providing you with essential training in scientific research methodology and data analysis, as well as specific scientific techniques appropriate to the research microbiologist. The course draws from the Department of Biological Sciences research strengths and expertise in cell biology of infectious diseases, host parasite relationships and drug discovery across a wide range of infectious pathogens/bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. You will undertake a research project in the laboratories of internationally recognised researchers.

Entry requirements

Second-Class Honours degree in a science-based subject, or equivalent. Other professional qualifications and relevant work experience also taken into account. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

The programme consists of lectures and practicals, with a research project in the second year. All modules are compulsory.

Topics include:

Bacterial pathogenicity;
Antimicrobials;
Medical bacteriology;
Immune responses to disease;
Medical mycology;
Molecular microbiology;
Statistics;
Parasitology;
Medicinal chemistry.

Compulsory modules:

Antimicrobials;
Bacterial Pathogenicity;
Immune Responses to Disease;
Medical Bacteriology;
Medical Mycology;
Medicinal Chemistry of Natural Products;
Molecular Microbiology;
Parasitology;
Research in Microbiology;
Research Project MSc Microbiology.

Assessment methods

Coursework is presented throughout the 2 years, with written, unseen examinations at the end of the degree. You will also be required to submit a written project report.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 7079 0798