MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Practical Microbiology

Course unit fact file
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
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
Other 40%
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%

Feedback methods

  • Feedback on assignments will be given in accordance with Unviersity guidelines
  • Informal feedback on a one-to-one basis in practical sessions
  • Verbal feedback in seminar/tutorial sessions
  • Formal feedback at the end of the unit from students

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 5
Practical classes & workshops 63
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 78

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stavros Panagiotou Unit coordinator

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