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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

In 2019, the World Health Organisation listed ‘High Threat Pathogens’; ‘Influenza Pandemic’; Antimicrobial Resistance’; ‘Dengue’; ‘HIV’ and ‘Vaccine Hesitancy’ as among the ten top threats to global health. In 2020, societies across the world suffered the profound effects of the rapid spread of the novel SARS-CoV2 virus. These global problems highlight the need for professionals who fully understand the role of microorganisms in public health, in order to respond appropriately to such threats.

Our Microbiology in Public Health MSc program covers the role of microorganisms in health and disease of the individual and of society. We focus on the science of microorganisms and the range of strategies employed for public health protection, including epidemiology, public health intelligence, vaccination, antimicrobial chemotherapy, diagnostic microbiology and outbreak investigation.

We will take you beyond studying microorganisms as causes of infection and how they can be detected and controlled to how epidemiology and intelligence can inform public health protection. There has never been a more appropriate time to study microbiology!

This interesting and unique interdisciplinary course has never been more relevant than in the midst of a global pandemic: we train our students to critically study and apply understanding of microbiology to global public health issues. Students benefit from excellent new science facilities and are supported by experts, allowing them to develop professional and transferrable skills for a range of careers in different sectors. Come and join us!

Dr Anna Furmanski, Course Coordinator 2018-present

  • Study microorganisms that impact on health and disease focusing on applications, including diagnosis, epidemiology and control of infectious disease

  • Explore how the developments in molecular biology have altered diagnosis of infectious disease and impacted on outbreak investigation and management

  • Learn about current practice and new developments in vaccines and antimicrobial chemotherapy and consider the challenges faced by efforts to eradicate specific infectious disease

  • Gain practical experience in planning and conducting library-based and laboratory-based scientific research and be encouraged to think about its wider significance

  • Explore how public health policy and practice impacts on our wellbeing and safety

  • Challenge yourself by undertaking a microbiology research project or public health dissertation (depending on your specific interests), enabling you to consider a particular topic in detail and develop key transferable skills in research and scientific writing
This course has broadened my knowledge and understanding of the impact microorganisms have on public health. Learning in an integrated manner has given me a better awareness of different career paths that are now open to me!

Denise Patel MSc (Distinction), 2018

I can truly say that the course was an amazing experience. The content taught throughout the course and the laboratory project are both of very high standards as they truly prepare

you for either further studies in research or a work-oriented environment. The teaching quality as well as the support offered throughout the course is exceptional, to the point that, thanks to the knowledge and laboratory skills acquired, I managed to secure a funded PhD position

Sara Drais MSc (Commendation), 2019


Units

  • Control Of Infectious Disease (BHS022-6) 
  • Dissertation (PUB010-6) 
  • Epidemiology In Public Health (PUB002-6) 
  • Microbiology & Public Health Research Methods (BHS026-6) 
  • Microbiology Research Project (BHS023-6) 
  • Microorganisms In Health And Disease (BHS024-6) 
  • Molecular And Diagnostic Microbiology (BHS025-6) 
  • Principles, Policies And Issues In Public Health (PUB017-6) 
  • Public Health Protection (PUB008-6) 

Assessment is integral in all units to check that you have met the threshold standards expected of all MSc graduates. They are also critical for learning, designed to develop key subject specific and transferable skills for future employment. The requirements of each assessment will be detailed in a formal assessment brief document and discussed in teaching sessions.

All students are provided with detailed feedback on their work and are encouraged to reflect carefully on this. Assessment tasks in the course will include: End of unit formal examinations; Problem-based learning, based on case studies, with poster presentation of findings; Formal public health reports and briefing papers; Laboratory notebook and laboratory reports; Literature review; Research proposal; Oral presentation.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

A good honours degree (lower second class or higher) in a relevant life science or health-related subject.

How will this course improve my career prospects?

Graduates of this course have gone on to secure PhD studentships in academic institutions. Students have also secured roles as laboratory technicians in private and NHS health-related laboratories and others have become higher-level science teachers. This degree program will also equip graduates for roles in pharmaceutical or biotechnological labs or companies, local authorities, the civil service, other public bodies and charities/NGO.

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student