Applied Human Virology and Bacteriology (C7163)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

In the modern era, with the ease of global travel and exposure to new (and re-emerging) pathogens, the study of the transmission, epidemiology and treatment of communicable diseases has never been so important. This module provides a detailed insight into factors determining the public health importance of human viruses and bacteria. There will be a specific focus on the role of epidemiology, vaccine and drug development in the context of these diseases. You will develop a critical approach to contemporary literature on selected diseases, enabling an evaluation of the relative significance of laboratory-based research from various fields.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: