Medical Microbiology (C7137)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module aims at providing a comprehensive knowledge of medical microbiology and focuses mainly on infectious disease agents with the exception of viruses.

It covers the discipline of bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. The module will involve lectures on the medically important bacterial pathogens, infections caused by them, virulence, pathogenesis, diagnosis and identification methods, and diagnostic microbiology with emphasis on antimicrobial testing, clinical microbiology and an introduction to hospital infection and bacterial typing. Learning will be facilitated with the help of practical sessions and online feedback and assessment.


81%: Lecture (Lecture, Post-lab)
19%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 28 hours of contact time and about 122 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 2023/24. 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.