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MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Vaccinations, Antimicrobials and Resistance

Unit code MEDN68652
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


In order to achieve the unit aims, a variety of learning and teaching methods will be used and will include lectures, laboratory practical sessions, seminars, eLearning materials and private study.

The unit will include the following topics:

•    Vaccination
•    Antimicrobial discovery (new and past discoveries)
•    Key antibiotic classes and modes of action
•    Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance
•    Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
•    Antimicrobial stewardship
•    Alternatives therapies
•    Principles of infection control



Introduce the students to antimicrobials and their mode of action, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial stewardship; principles of infection control and vaccination principles and policies. In addition students will also develop a practical understanding of antimicrobial sensitivity testing.


Teaching and learning methods


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 40%
Written exam 60%

In-unit assessment

Feedback methods

  • Formal summative assessments
  • Formal feedback at the end of the unit from students

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Moustafa Alissa Alkhalaf Unit coordinator

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