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MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Practical Microbiology

Unit code MEDN68511
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will introduce students to the principles and practice of microbial culture and identification with reference to microbial structure and growth characteristics.

The content will introduce and expand on the following:

  • microbial structure and function
  • classification
  • replication
  • modes of transmission
  • culture and diagnostic tools for laboratory identification.


The unit aims to:

  • develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the structure, classification and replication of bacteria, viruses and fungi;
  • encourage students to perfect the practical skills necessary for the laboratory analysis of bacteria and viruses;
  • develop the student’s understanding and knowledge of the principles behind methods used to test for the presence of pathogens; and
  • develop understanding and knowledge of the immune system and host response to infection.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%
Practical skills assessment 40%

Feedback methods

  • Feedback on assignments is given in accordance with University guidelines within 15 working days of submission
  • Informal feedback is given on a one-to-one basis on practical sessions
  • There are opportunities to repeat practice experimental techniques in areas where the student (or tutor) considers there is weakness
  • Opportunity to submit practice essays for feedback prior to written examinations
  • Verbal feedback in seminar/tutorial sessions

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stavros Panagiotou Unit coordinator

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