MSc Medical Microbiology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Understanding Infection

Course unit fact file
Unit code MEDN68621
Credit rating 30
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 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.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written assignment (inc essay) 40%
Oral assessment/presentation 40%

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

Independent study hours
Independent study 300

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jenny Herbert Unit coordinator

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