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.


73%: Lecture
7%: Practical (Workshop)
20%: Seminar


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Examination (Distance examination)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: