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MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Molecular Diagnostics

Unit code MEDN68631
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Medical Education
Available as a free choice unit? No


The Molecular Diagnostics Unit is designed to introduce students to the range of molecular technologies available for laboratory diagnosis and management of infections. The unit will be delivered as a continuous three-week block. 

Subjects covered will include:

  • Amplification-based techniques; design, practice and application
  • Traditional and developing sequencing technology
  • Molecular typing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular approaches to diagnosis and management of infection


  • To enable understanding of the principles of a range of molecular techniques as applied to medical microbiology and learn to apply this methodology for diagnostic and research purposes.
  • To introduce students to some of the recent advances in molecular diagnostics including real-time PCR and nucelic acid sequence based approaches.
  • To enable the student to have an understanding of the impact of molecular techniques in the clinical diagnostic laboratory, the range of techniques available, how they are effectively implemented and how they are applied to inform on clinical management.
  • To help students to become more familiar with some of the core techniques used in bioinformatics analyses including data retrieval from web resources, sequence alignment, phylogenetic analyses and other DNA and protein sequence analyses.

Teaching and learning methods


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 40%
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%

In-unit assessment

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-one basis in practical session
  • There are opportunities to repeat and 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
Moustafa Alissa Alkhalaf Unit coordinator

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