Medical Microbiology MSc - 2019/0

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Medical Microbiology

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Medical Microbiology
PGCert Medical Microbiology

Professional recognition

Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Accredited by the 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 Dany (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 Awards Ref.
Medical Microbiology and its underlying scientific basis K PGDip, MSc ILO1
Analytical skills to allow interpretation of data and formulation of conclusions K PGDip, MSc ILO2
Managerial and research skills required for further professional development as scientists K PGDip, MSc ILO3
Appraise scientific literature C PGCert, PGDip, MSc ILO4
Critically analyse new developments in technology C PGDip, MSc ILO5
Formulate hypothesis C PGDip, MSc ILO6
Critically analyse experimental data C PGDip, MSc ILO7
Design experiments C PGDip, MSc ILO8
Analyse numerical data using appropriate statistical packages and computer packages P PGCert ILO9
Articulate experimental data effectively through oral and written work P PGDip, MSc ILO10
Apply key Medical Microbiology laboratory skills to academic research P MSc ILO11
Compose an original experiment independently P MSc ILO12
Critically analyse literature and data T PGCert, PGDip, MSc ILO13
Solve problems T PGCert, PGDip, MSc ILO14
Evaluate and exploit new technology T PGCert, PGDip, MSc ILO15
Reason effectively T PGCert, PGDip, MSc ILO16
Time management whilst working independently and as a team member T PGDip, MSc ILO17
Interrogate data using statistical and numerical skills T PGDip, MSc ILO18
Prepare high quality assignments using Information Technology including specialist packages T PGDip, MSc ILO19

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)



Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Modules MMIM015, MMIM016, MMIM017 and MMIM018” OR MMIM021, MMIM031, MMIM023, MMIM024

Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

Modules MMIM021, MMIM031, MMIM023, MMIM024” OR MMIM015, MMIM016, MMIM017 and MMIM018

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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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 2019/0 academic year.