MSc Microbiology and Technology

Leeds Beckett University

Program Description

MSc Microbiology and Technology

Leeds Beckett University

Our hands-on course will give you advanced laboratory skills and an in-depth knowledge of research methods to help you progress in your chosen career or to enhance your academic research prospects. You will study the interactions of pathogens within the body, the role of the human immune system and the consequences of infections.

You will also explore advanced medical microbiology, studying particular health issues and the procedures involved in medical diagnostics, such as identifying pathogens using molecular techniques. You will carry out extensive practical investigations, including quantifying the antimicrobial effects of compounds against specific microorganisms, or studying the mechanisms of microbial resistance to therapeutics.

You might be a recent graduate looking to continue your studies to a PhD level and focus on strengthening your laboratory skills by spending more time within a practical environment. You could also be currently working within industry as a lab or research assistant and want to take the next step in your career. Either way, our course will meet your needs.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Biomedical Science; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Biochemistry; Physiology; Pharmacology; or a clinically orientated course that contains a substantial biomedical science component, a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.


IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Course Benefits

You will spend a considerable proportion of your time in a hands-on environment, spending over 200 hours within the biomedical science laboratories, completing practicals and working on a specific research project that interests you and aligns with our expertise.

We will give you access to Class 2 microbiology facilities, along with cell culture and micro-electric fabrication equipment. With our new dedicated biomedical sciences research laboratory (opened in 2013) you will be able to conduct project work in a dedicated research environment and will benefit from an enhanced range of equipment.

You'll benefit from working with a first class teaching team. One of our lecturers, Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada, developed internationally-recognised research data on treating acne using the ingredient thyme, with a student who performed all the practical tests for her project.

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Last updated December 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,500 GBP
Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Leeds, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 7,500 GBP
Overseas: 12000 GBP