Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease (C7163)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You will focus on infectious diseases and their control from an applied molecular perspective. You will discover how specific factors contribute to pathogenesis by enabling pathogen growth, entry into or adherence to host cells and manipulation of host immune responses and direct toxicity to host cells.

You’ll explore both the prophylactic and therapeutic interventions available to limit the impact these diseases have on human and animal health – from the molecular level through to clinical development.

Finally, you will cover one of the major health threats of our time, the development of drug resistant and immune escape variants.


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


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 25 hours of contact time and about 125 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: