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MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Understanding Infection

Unit code MEDN68621
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 develop a student’s understanding of the biology of infectious disease and the host response to infection. Lectures will focus on the following key aspects:

•    The structure and function of the human immune system
•    Infection and immunity
•    Microbial infections in the immunocompromised host
•    Broad strategies employed by pathogens in host colonisation, invasion; tissue damage and immune evasion (i.e. key properties of a microbial pathogen)
•    Molecular pathogenesis of key microbial pathogens



The primary aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of the biology of infectious disease in both the healthy and immunocompromised host.

Students will also develop an understanding of the components and function of the immune system, the role of virulence factors in microbial infection as well as an understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of key microbial pathogens.


Teaching and learning methods


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 50%
Written exam 50%

In-unit assessment (group assessment)

Feedback methods

From students: An online blackboard questionnaire will be used to collect specific student opinion on the Understanding Infection course unit.

To students: Comprehensive examination feedback will be supplied to students through appointment with academic tutors. Interactive formative assessments will also be used in selected lectures to promote feedback to students. 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jenny Herbert Unit coordinator

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