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MSc Microbiology

1 year School of Life Sciences Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Introduction

The MSc Microbiology aims to equip graduates with the advanced knowledge and skills required to embark on further research or employment in industries striving to solve major global challenges such as antibiotic resistance and the providence of clean drinking water.

This programme is designed to provide the theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical skills to ensure a solid grounding in core and applied microbiology, along with the transferable skills which are essential to enhance your employability options. This aims to prepare graduates for a broad range of careers within industrial, commercial, government and environmental settings and further postgraduate study.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to investigate diverse areas of microbiology which are of concern to the healthcare, environmental, ecological and biotechnological sectors. You will also have the chance to undertake research in relation to medical, environmental or industrial microbiology, which can further enhance your knowledge, skills and career options.

Teaching staff are research active with the majority belonging to two major research groups within the School of Life Sciences:

Molecular Basis of Disease: http://lncn.eu/dr79
Drug Design and Delivery: http://lncn.eu/chu3

Staff offer expertise in medical, industrial and environmental microbiology, molecular, cell and system biology, recombinant DNA technology, protein biochemistry, structural biology, fermentation, bioengineering and many other areas. In addition to this, students can also hear from external guest speakers from industry and other schools within the University.

How You Study

The programme includes a combination of lectures, workshops, laboratory practicals, seminars, problem-based-learning group sessions, independent learning and research projects. The programme also has a major emphasis on the development of professional and research skills, which can enhance employability.

Term 1 features modules which have been designed to provide students with core theoretical knowledge on current microbiology topics and practical training on techniques used in modern microbiology.

Modules:

  • The Microbial World
  • Molecular Virology
  • Identification of Infectious Disease
  • Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences A


Term 2 builds on the modules studied in the first term and aims to enhance practical skills and provide specialist training in medical, industrial and environmental microbiology.

Modules:

  • Infection and Control
  • Industrial and Environmental Microbiology
  • Fermentation Biotechnology
  • Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences B


Over the summer, students then progress to an independent research project within a microbiological discipline.

Contact and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme vary depending on the module being delivered and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

Please note that this course is only available in the full-time format.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is conducted through coursework and examination. Coursework includes literature reviews, oral and poster presentations and ultimately the preparation of a research dissertation for the research project.

Specific training on each form of assessment is included in the programme, with the aim of improving your performance as a postgraduate student as you progress.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

All applicants meeting the initial academic requirements for this course are required to undertake an interview with academic staff before a decision concerning the offer of a place can be made. In order to make this process available to all applicants, we utilise Skype for those applicants who are not able to travel to Lincoln prior to the start of the programme.

The aim of the interview is to assess each candidate’s personal attributes in relation to the demands of this course. No specific preparation is necessary.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree in a related discipline, plus successful interview.

Your undergraduate background may be in a wide range of Science subjects including, but not limited to, Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Bioveterinary Science, Forensic Science or Microbiology. If you are unsure if your background is suitable, please get in touch with the academic contact detailed below.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Clare Miller
cmiller@lincoln.ac.uk
01522 83 7364

Enquiries:
pgtlifesci@lincoln.ac.uk
+44(0)1522 886847

Master's Level

Fermentation Biotechnology (Core)

This module aims to provide specialised training in larger scale growth and utilisation of microbial and cell cultures. Lectures, practicals and workshops will focus on the analysis of growth kinetics and product yield optimisation with the aim of providing insight into historical and cutting-edge large-scale implementation of these biotechnologies. The practical component of this module provides students with the chance to propose and carry out their own fermentations.

Identification of Infectious Diseases (Core)

This module aims to reinforce the underlying concepts and principles of identification of infectious diseases developed through the student’s existing knowledge of basic microbiology and medical microbiology. Students are expected to become familiar with diagnostic and identification techniques involved in the field of clinical microbiology, and be able to apply developing knowledge and skills in molecular biology to contemporary issues and concerns in the field of microbiology.

Independent Research Project (Core)

The research projects run over the summer, although elements of them are likely to take place in the second term (research plan and literature review). Students are able to choose a research topic from a very broad spectrum of options, primarily linked to the research focuses of the teaching staff. Supervisors of the projects will provide outline projects but students will also have the opportunity to develop their research projects in specific directions relating to their individual interests.

Industrial and Environmental Microbiology (Core)

This module aims to describe the applications of microbiology in industrial and environmental processes. The industrial aspect of the module will emphasise how microbiological knowledge and understanding can be used to improve commercial processes relevant to industries such as food production and water treatment. The environmental aspect of the module will consider the role of microbial communities, interactions and processes in the environment.

Infection and Control (Core)

This module aims to enable students to understand the microbiological and environmental factors that contribute to the incidence, prevalence, transmission and control of healthcare-associated and communicable infection. The theory underpinning this module will be supported by key current examples of infectious diseases. Some key theories discussed will be microbial pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of infectious disease, alongside case studies and consideration of the role of professional bodies.

Molecular Virology (Core)

This module will examine the molecular interactions between viruses and host cells with a focus on the mechanisms by which viruses subvert host cell processes. This will involve the use of example viruses from both the DNA and RNA groups of viruses. The roles of virus infections in inflammatory diseases, oncology, as well as emerging diseases will be considered.

Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences A (Core)

This module is designed to support students in developing the necessary skills to proficiently face the assessments on the other modules, and improve employability by developing transferable skills.

Professional and Research Skills in Biosciences B (Core)

This module is the follow up of the transferable skills module in the first term. It aims to support assessments performance and improve transferable skills.

The Microbial World (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to the more advanced concepts needed to develop their microbiological understanding to that expected at Master's level, building on their undergraduate experience. The module considers the diversity of microbial life, growth and reproduction alongside relevant areas of biochemistry, genetics, ecology and evolution.

Facilities

The course makes use of specialist equipment within the laboratories of the School of Life Sciences and the Joseph Banks Laboratories. Students will have access to a dedicated category II microbiology laboratory, fermentation equipment, advanced instrumentation and an imaging suite.

Career and Personal Development

The overall aim of the MSc Microbiology degree is to provide students with the chance to develop the knowledge and practical skills in the cross-disciplinary applications of microbiology which are relevant to science and society.

This includes the healthcare sector which is particularly interested in the control, treatment and prevention of infectious disease as well as environmental and ecological sectors which are interested in microbial communities, interactions and processes in the environment. These sectors also have relevant industrial applications with a diverse range of career options that may be accessible to graduates from the MSc Microbiology.

The programme also looks to provide students with experience of undertaking microbiology-related research, in particular in relation to medical, environmental or industrial microbiology. Course content is research-engaged and, in particular, students have the chance to undertake a period of independent scientific research.

This is designed to equip graduates with the necessary theoretical understanding, practical, research, professional and transferable skills to undertake further postgraduate training (PhD level) or employment within academic research and in industrial, commercial, government and environmental settings.

To improve employability, students will also receive training and support to develop a broad range of professional and research skills, including science communication and dissemination, scientific writing and career planning.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £8,500
Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
£5,950
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
£6,800
International £13,800
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
£11,800
   

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

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Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.