MSc Medical Microbiology

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Vaccinations, Antimicrobials and Resistance

Course unit fact file
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
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)
  • Antimicrobials and their modes of action
  • Principles of antimicrobial 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.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 40%
Written exam 60%

In-unit assessment

Feedback methods

  • Feedback on assignments will be given in accordance with University guidelines.
  • Informal feedback on a one-one basis in practical sessions.
  • Verbal feedback in seminar/tutorial sessions.
  • 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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