Taught course

Clinical Microbiology

Queen Mary, University of London · William Harvey Research Institute

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.

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.

Programme outline
Your studies will be broad-based, with extensive coverage of the following topics:

Bacterial pathogenicity
Molecular biology
Microbial disease - diagnosis, treatment and prevention
Antimicrobials and chemotherapy
Epidemiology and public health
Hospital infection.

Module 1: Clinical Microbiology: Pathogens and Commensals

Module 2: Diagnostic Microbiology and Laboratory Methods

Module 3: Molecular Biology, Microbial Pathogenesis and the Host Immune Response

Module 4: Antimicrobials

Module 5: Public Health and Communicable Disease Control

Module 6: Clinical Microbiology: Diagnosis and Management of Human Disease and Control of Hospital Infection

Module 7: Clinical Microbiology Research and Presentation Skills

Module 8: Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Management

Module 9: Research Dissertation.

Fees and funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Blizard Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511