MSc Medical Microbiology – LSHTM

The Medical Microbiology MSc course will offer students both the theoretical knowledge of understanding how pathogens actually cause infectious disease in humans. But
also real practical skills that will be translatable into their
future careers probably half the course is actually spent in a
microbiology lab doing experiments themselves rather than
in a lecture room where they’re just listening to experts talking about their field. So the students will take away both sorts of theoretical knowledge that they will learn during the lectures but
they will be able to apply that knowledge and actually learn genuine practical
skills that will be useful either in hospital, in research labs, in
academia or even in industry as well. What I like most about the course was the great correlation between basic science and clinical practice Also not relying on textbooks for
lectures but on the latest research. I really liked the fact that each lecture was given by an
expert in that particular field and it was as if you would go to a specialized
conference every day. I found that the relationship between students and staff was very close. Through that, I am able to gain more opportunities and understand a lot more. One of the big advantages of doing the MSc in medical microbiology at the London School, is the fact that
the practicals actually reflect a real life laboratory situation. The skills that we equip students with on the MSc, will be transferable to almost every laboratory situation. The students will actually get experience of dealing with pathogenic organisms, they’ll
actually get to handle bacterial pathogens, work with viral
pathogens and actually sort of get to do
diagnostic tests that they still use in hospital microbiology
but also learn research skills and both molecular biology skills but also
in terms of next-generation sequencing as well so depending on where the student’s
interests are particularly with their projects, they can
actually learn an awful lot of different techniques that again could be useful for their future careers. The best thing about teaching here was that we get specialised lecturing,
everyone knows a great deal about what we are being lectured about and everyone seems very passionate about what they teach so it naturally makes us very passionate Why this MSc course I believe is superior to many others is because it does have the support of many experts in the field of medical microbiology and particularly with the practicals, we give one-to-one support to each and every student I think one of the strengths of the MSc course is the summer projects that the students will do for three months at the end of the MSc course A number of different projects are offered to the students both here at the School but also around London in different institutions but also a number of students are able to go abroad to do their projects We’ve had students last year go out to Tanzania, to the Gambia and out to Vietnam My project was on investigating the role of Campylobacter jejuni outer membrane vesicles in bacterial secretion of virulence factors I really enjoyed my project and I was delighted that my work was included in a publication that came out a year later I came to the School with the view of studying Neisseria gonorrhoeae further for my research project but it was when I started learning more about Campylobacter through the course director’s lectures that I realised I had a new passion I hope that in the future, after finishing my PhD eventually I’ll become a lecturer and someone who’s active in their research and eventually have my own research group

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