Queen Mary University of London

Course Introduction

The course aims to promote teaching and learning enriched by original scholarship and scientific research; encouraging students to become independent learners. 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.

The practical classes are an important component of the programme and are designed to give the student maximum hands-on experience, particularly in basic clinical microbiology. Students are encouraged to relate current practices in their sponsoring institution to their studies, and to discuss and critically evaluate these techniques with their colleagues in the light of their formal teaching. The practical classes are taught in the purpose-built teaching laboratory, which is well equipped with all necessary materials and is based on a routine clinical microbiology laboratory. In addition to the formal face to face teaching, students use online learning materials in the university?s electronic classroom (currently Blackboard CE8). Modules are assessed by a combination of in-course assessments and end-of-module examinations. In addition to traditional written and practical examinations, assessments include posters, oral presentations, case reports, essays and comprehension of scientific papers. Each assessment is designed to be a learning experience as well as a test of your knowledge.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019, 2019-JAN-07.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £3,053 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £3,053 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £5,460 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Microbiology must have a MBBS or basic medical degree from a university recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). Applicants with a minimum of a 2:1 degree in nursing or pharmacy (depending on the modules studied at undergraduate level) or equivalent, may also be considered for a place on the course.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum English Language Requirements for entry to Taught Postgraduate degree programmes within the Blizard Institute are: IELTS: 7.0 overall including 6.5 in Writing, and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; TOEFL: 100 overall including 24 in Writing, 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking; PTE Academic: 68 overall including 62 in Writing, and 51 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking; C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 overall including 176 in Writing, and 162 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
  • IELTS score: 7