MSc Medical Microbiology / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Clinical Microbiology

Course unit fact file
Unit code MEDN68662
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit will be delivered over a six week period and will include a significant amount of practical laboratory-based study. There will be a strong emphasis on how the clinical laboratory is crucial to timely and effective diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious disease.  Students will examine the microbiology, diagnosis and management of different infections using case scenarios and evidence-based methods.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Understanding Infection MEDN68621 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Molecular Diagnostics MEDN68631 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Practical Microbiology MEDN68511 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This unit will cover specialism material and aims to:

  • produce students with a sound understanding of the role of bacteria, fungi/yeasts, viruses and parasites in causing community and hospital acquired disease and travel related infections;
  • provide understanding and knowledge of the methods available for therapy of these infections and identification of the causative agents of disease; and
  • provide students with practical laboratory skills to allow accurate identification of the more commonly encountered microbial agents of infection.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written exam 40%
Practical skills assessment 30%

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

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 25
Practical classes & workshops 40
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 225

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Carol Yates Unit coordinator

Additional notes

These figures are for guidance only and the number of hours may vary. Independent study may include among others: directed learning, group work, preparation for sessions, follow-up work, PBL and completion of assessment tasks.

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