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Ms Marianne Dang

Email: m.dang@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3456 1092

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (an additional fee for externally-run modules will apply) (PT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,750 (an additional fee for externally-run modules will apply) (PT)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Medical Bacteriology MSc

Many current issues in medical bacteriology are of global significance, such as antibiotic resistance, tuberculosis, and hospital-acquired infection, while our understanding of the role of bacteria in maintaining human health has recently increased. This MSc provides the skills necessary to understand, investigate and discover new strategies for intervention in these issues of pressing global concern.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This MSc provides knowledge and understanding, together with the opportunity to gain practical and analytical skills in contemporary medical bacteriology. Students gain experience of data analysis, interpretation and appropriate communication skills for data presentation, and have the opportunity to improve their critical skills in literature review. Practical skills in bacteriology will be acquired during the research project.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL is a world-class university with a global vision and the programme will be taught by internationally-renowned research-active academics and scientists from industry.

This MSc will be taught by distance learning using UCL's state of the art virtual learning environment. This enables students anywhere in the world, including those unable to leave their home nation for social, cultural or economic reasons, to benefit from a UCL education. The modular programme is designed to be completed in two years and is also available for flexible study.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Part-time 2 years (flexible up to 5 years)

All MSc students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four options (60 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Certificate (Four core modules, 60 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Diploma (Four core plus four optional modules, 120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • An Introduction to Bacteriology
  • Human Microbiome and Health and Disease
  • Bacterial Evolution
  • Applied Genomics


  • Molecular and Cellular Basis of Bacterial Virulence
  • Molecular Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance
  • Biofilms
  • Tuberculosis
  • Practical Introduction to Molecular Bacteriology*
  • *option to attend UCL for four days.


MSc students undertake a 12-week research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation. The project will be carried out at your home institution under the direction of a local UCL approved supervisor.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through online sessions, which will include lectures, and interactive tutorials and group discussions. Each student will be assigned a personal tutor at UCL. Assessment is through contribution to online forums, open-book examinations, MCQ tests, essays, data handling and interpretation, a virtual laboratory project, and the research dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in biomedical or life science from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements
All applicants must hold a minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests); internet-based TOEFL score of 92 plus 24/30 in reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests. Further information regarding UCL English language requirements can be found here: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application/taught/english-language

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Applications for this programme are encouraged before 1 July for the year of entry. However, late applications may be considered after this date. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at bacteriologists worldwide who wish to gain the background knowledge, understanding and critical skills to enable them to interpret and criticise research in the field of medical bacteriology, and to gain the skills necessary to design and carry out research in the field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of Medical Bacteriology
  • why you want to study Medical Bacteriology at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets these needs
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The first cohort of students on this new programme will graduate after 2014. The programme is designed for individuals in relevant employment who are interested in study towards a postgraduate qualification.

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