Medical Microbiology - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Medical Microbiology

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Medical Microbiology
PGCert Medical Microbiology

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Part-time PCG61001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - School of Biosciences and Medicine

Programme Leader

BESTE D Dr (Biosc & Med)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

This part-time two year programme is intended primarily for those who are already working in the field of Medical Microbiology who aspire to become leaders in their profession.

The programme has been designed to increase your scientific understanding of medical microbiology and develop your critical and analytical skills so that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions

It will allow you to study theoretical aspects of medical microbiology encompassing the biological and pathogenic properties of microbes, their role in health and disease, the reactions of the host to infection, and the scientific basis for the detection, control and anti-microbial treatment of infectious disease.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Medical Microbiology and its underlying scientific basis K
Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data and formulation of conclusions K
Managerial and research skills required for further professional development as scientists K
Appraise scientific literature C
Critically analyse new developments in technology C
Formulate hypothesis C
Critically analyse experimental data C
Design experiments C
Analyse numerical data using appropriate statistical packages and computer packages P
Articulate experimental data effectively through oral and written work P
Apply key Medical Microbiology laboratory skills to academic research P
Compose an original experiment independently P
Critically analyse literature and data T
Solve problems T
Evaluate and exploit new technology T
Reason effectively T
Time management whilst working independently and as a team member T
Interrogate data using statistical and numerical skills T
Prepare high quality assignments using Information Technology including specialist packages T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.