Taught course

Biomedical Science (Medical Microbiology)

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry · Blizard Institute

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 2:1 degree in biomedical science (or degree with a significant content of medical microbiology) or equivalent.

Applicants for part time study must hold a full-time appointment or attachment in a medical/clinical microbiology department of a medical school, hospital, HPA or other appropriate institution for the duration of their studies.

Applicants who are in full time employment within the NHS but who do not reach academic standards but have appropriate work based experience may be considered for a place on the programme at the discretion of the Dean of Postgraduate Studies (School of Medicine and Dentistry).

Months of entry


Course content

The programme will provide the underpinning academic learning for the continuing professional development of biomedical scientists. Teaching will be delivered by day release (part time students) or full time study and distance learning methods. The programme includes input by specialism experts in NHS service roles and delivers research-informed teaching from within a research-rich environment.

This programme will provide:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and / or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of medical microbiology and professional practice,
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship,
  • the opportunity to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in medical microbiology,
  • a conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in medical microbiology,
  • the ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers must achieve a minimum of IELTS 7.0. Students are required to achieve a minimum of 6.0 in their written element. Students must be able to sit examinations at a British Council Centre, or a similar approved centre, under invigilation or be able to attend examinations in the UK.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Blizard Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511