Clinical microbiology

Key information

Duration: Duration times vary. Use the contact details below to enquire about this.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Fee: £550 per delegate 

To register: Please complete an online application form.

The Biomedical Science top-up modules are for people who have a science degree but wish to pursue a career as a Biomedical Scientist. Prior to registering for any top-up modules you need to contact the Institute of Biomedical Science for advice about which modules you require:

Telephone: + 44 (0)20 7713 0214 or email: mail@ibms.org

Further information: Contact LHS Admissions lhs_admissions@aston.ac.uk or telephone 0121 204 3000

Course content information: please contact Dr Corinne Spickett c.m.spickett@aston.ac.uk 

Aims of the module

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of microbiology and infectious disease within the community and hospital setting. Infectious disease caused by microbial pathogens, primarily bacteria, will be considered in terms of the major body systems in which they can establish themselves and cause disease.  Principles and theory of common laboratory investigations undertaken to diagnose bacterial infection will be considered and incorporated into case studies where appropriate. The following areas will be covered:
  • Introduction to clinical microbiology, infectious organisms, normal flora: friend and foe
  • General diagnostic principles and considerations (aims of clinical microbiology, specimen collection/transport/processing, culture and non-culture techniques, methods of bacterial identification and sensitivity testing)

Specific infections:

The following infections will be studied:
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Lower respiratory tract infection (pneumonia, tuberculosis)
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sexually transmitted infection (gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis)
  • Device-related infection (eg. central venous catheter infection, prosthetic joint infection)
  • Gastrointestinal infection (Clostridium difficile)