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MScMolecular Microbiology

Why this course?

You'll receive the highest-quality teaching in the leading Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in Scotland by staff dedicated to your personal and scientific development.

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences is ranked No 1 on Research Power in Scotland and 4th in the UK (REF 2014).

This course will provide you with a comprehensive three-part postgraduate life sciences training.

First, unlike many MSc courses, we offer you dedicated training in a broad suite of practical laboratory skills.

Secondly, this is complemented by two unique classes that develop your transferable skills in statistics, presentations, career development, and ethics, as well as honing your science writing skills and your ability to design experiments and analyse sophisticated datasets.

Thirdly, our taught classes capture the excitement of cutting-edge research fields and you will be taught by active researchers or practising clinical professionals. There is a choice of classes that allows you to select a pathway to suit your future aspirations.

Our MSc Molecular Microbiology focuses on the molecular biology of important microbial pathogens and industrial microorganisms.

Students study the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria cause disease or can be exploited for the synthesis of biotechnologically important products.

The course content and research projects are driven by the expertise in microbial genomics, genetics and biochemistry research that exists within the institute.

State-of-the-art research facilities, such as our own genome sequencer, protein purification facilities, mass spectrometers and fluorescence microscopes means that students obtain first-hand experience in the latest molecular microbiological techniques.

Together, the course provides the perfect springboard to future training at PhD level or gives you a range of skills and experience that will prove attractive to employers from industry or the health-care provision sector.

You'll study

  • vital transferable skills in statistics, communication, ethics, science writing and critical analysis of data
  • two semesters of postgraduate laboratories, giving you the practical abilities and interpretational skills that will prepare you for your project and future career
  • short optional classes in in vivo biology or drug discovery
  • a compulsory Microbiology class together with a choice of either – Clinical Microbiology or Applied Microbiology
  • a summer research project in molecular microbiology in an active research laboratory

Facilities

The course is taught in the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences. It’s located in our new building with state-of-the-art laboratories.

Course content

Compulsory classes

Generic Skills for Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Students
Refine your core skills in statistics, data presentation and career development while also learning about the ethical choices and dilemmas that you might face in your scientific careers.
Entrepreneurship

Find out from the experts what it takes to translate bright ideas in biomedical sciences into patents, business plans and spin-out companies.

Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research

A unique and innovative class designed with three outcomes in mind:

  • become an expert in the field that you'll study for your summer research project & learn how to write a review paper that aims to be publication quality
  • learn how a scientific research career really works from the experts & then write the outline of a hypothetical research grant application
  • enhance your teamwork on a virtual project to develop a hypothetical drug from high-content screen, through in vivo testing in models, to transcriptomics & human clinical trials & pharmacogenomics. You'll not only learn how to manage a project’s timelines & targets, but also enter the world of big data manipulation and analysis
Advanced Techniques in Biomedical Research 1 & 2

These two compulsory laboratory classes expose you to the key research skills relating to the biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology fields, help develop your skills in data analysis and report writing, and pave the way for a smooth transition into your Summer Research Project Advanced Topics in Biomedical Research.

Postgraduate Studies in Microbiology
In this class students will be exposed to the key concepts of bioreactor and process design including the importance of downstream processing and process monitoring. This module will also introduce the importance of systems and synthetic biology in advanced IB and will also introduce the roles of microorganisms in wastewater treatment, bioremediation and biofouling. Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Research project

Choose from a selection of project topics in Semester 1, engage with your supervisor to plan the work, and then enter the laboratory at the end of May.

Elective classes

In Vivo Biology
This is one of three optional practical classes offered. Gain real practical experience in the safe and ethical application of in vivo research by being trained to Home Office Personal License standard. Discover how in vivo biology has driven the development and testing of new drugs and medical techniques that save and improve human lives.
Drug Discovery
This is one of three optional practical classes offered. The pathway from pathology or biological pathway to small molecule drug candidate is explored in this unique class. Become familiar with the modern laboratory assays and screening approaches used by Big Pharma to develop their blockbuster drugs.
Postgraduate Studies in Clinical Biochemistry

In this elective class students will explore the range of diseases and disorders afflicting human body systems – and discover how they are diagnosed by clinical biochemists working within the National Health Service.

From the liver to the heart and kidney – by way of cancer, pregnancy and poisons – this wide-ranging class delivers a fantastic clinical overview of human illness.

Learning will be achieved through lectures, tutorials and workshops – many of which are delivered by expert clinical biochemists from the National Health Service.

Postgraduate Studies in Applied Microbiology

This class explores modern industrial biotechnology (IB), enabling students to understand microbial process development and how molecular biology is revolutionising the IB sector. Students address the key concepts of bioreactor and process design including the importance of downstream processing and process monitoring.

This module also introduces the importance of systems and synthetic biology in advanced IB and also introduces the roles of microorganisms in wastewater treatment, bioremediation and biofouling.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.

If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project for the MSc.

Assessment

Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem-solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams.

The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.

Entry requirements

We look for a first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a biological or chemical discipline.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English Language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5. Please see ELTD for full details.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £5,000

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £6,000

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

A number of scholarships are available for outstanding UK, EU and international applicants. For details, please visit our scholarship search.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

After graduating you should be ideally qualified for positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as well as hospitals and universities.

You may wish to continue studies for an MPhil or PhD.

This course provides the background training for a career in:

  • pharmaceutical & biotechnology industry laboratory research posts
  • laboratory technical support
  • medical/pharmaceutical/life science sales
  • academia – following a further PhD route

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Molecular Microbiology

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Molecular Microbiology

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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