The MSc Clinical Microbiology will enable you to acquire advanced knowledge of molecular and clinical microbiology to prepare you for hospital-based clinical microbiology, infectious disease and public health positions.
You will be exposed to routine and specialised conventional and molecular techniques, trained to critically appraise clinical scenarios, and to make rational judgements for patient management.
You will also be trained on critical evaluation of published scientific papers, and be able to apply the results to a variety of related and unrelated scientific problems.
This course will encourage you to gain numerous transferable skills such as efficient time management and organisation, leadership skills, verbal and written communication skills, awareness of safety issues and decision making. These skills will be applicable to a wide variety of vocations and career opportunities, and make you highly desirable to the marketplace.
Our MSc graduates are very much in demand by employers in both the private and public sectors and have the opportunity to establish successful careers in a range of areas. Many will go on to do MRCPath exams, take up positions as trainee diagnostic microbiologists (Biomedical Scientists) or clinical scientists, or pursue higher degrees such as PhD or MD.
Students from our full suite of MSc courses have found employment and further training in a very wide variety of positions. However, to give you a flavour of the possibilities, the list below provides a number of individual examples:
- SHO in Medical Microbiology
- Research Technician in Oncology
- SpR in Medical Microbiology
- PhD (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
- Infection Control Nurses
- NHS Clinical Scientists
- Regulatory Affairs Specialist (AMGEM Biotech)
- PhD (School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Cambridge)
- Clinical Trial Data Manager
- Application Specialist in Biological Sciences (Japan)
- Biomedical Scientists (BMS1)
- PhD (School of Molecular Medical Sciences, University of Nottingham)
- Research Technician (School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham)
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 90.9% of postgraduates from the School of Life Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £23,717 with the highest being £40,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.