Taught course

Clinical Microbiology

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

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an MB BS or basic medical degree or a BSc honours degree in biomedical science from universities recognised by the University of London. The award must be at least a 2:2. Candidates with degrees in dentistry, veterinary science, microbiology, biological sciences or nursing with relevant experience in clinical microbiology, may also be accepted on the course. If you are a medical practitioner, scientist or nurse currently working in the field of infectious disease, the part-time programme is most likely to be the best way for you to study. Part-time applicants must hold an appointment or attachment in a microbiology department of a hospital, HPA or other appropriate institution for the duration of the programme. If you are an overseas student or a recent graduate in biomedical science you are more likely to want to follow the full-time programme. Graduates in other related disciplines are considered for either programme provided they have suitable experience in clinical microbiology. Non-native speakers must achieve a minimum of IELTS 7.0. International applicants Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office. If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

Months of entry


Course content

The postgraduate programmes in clinical microbiology are designed both as a complete curriculum in clinical microbiology for new entrants into these fields and as an update and extension for those already in it. They provide clinicians and scientists with theoretical, laboratory, and clinically applied aspects of their discipline and associated subjects, such as molecular biology.

Your formal teaching will include lectures, practicals and workshops.

Many students use the MSc as preparation for their FRCPath examinations and the degree is accredited by the Association of Clinical Microbiologists as part of the training for clinical scientists.

The programme will:

  • Give you the maximum hands-on experience in all aspects of clinical microbiology. The practicals are taught in a large purpose-built teaching laboratory.
  • Introduce you to a broad-base of study with extensive coverage of topics in clinical microbiology.
  • Develop the service and research careers of clinicians, clinical scientists, biomedical scientists and other professionals interested in working in clinical microbiology.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Own hospital or department.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations60
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation15 (8000 words)

Course contact details

Michele Branscombe
+44 (0)20 7882 7216