MSc Medical and Molecular Virology / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Viruses and Disease 3

Course unit fact file
Unit code BIOL65231
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


Virology and clinical features

Diagnosis including molecular diagnosis

Epidemiology and global Impact

Treatment, management and prevention of diseases

In the following disease settings:


Viral infections of the central nervous system

Viral infections of the gastrointestinal tract

Emerging and re-emerging viral infections


The unit will also cover current areas of research interest in each of these viral areas.



Provide a detailed and applied understanding of viral infections in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract and diseases caused by them. The unit will also consider the concept of emerging and re-emerging infections, the tools used to identify and monitor them and the impact of these infections on global health.


Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and Learning processes will include lectures, structured practical laboratory classes, and student-led seminars and presentations. Resource materials will be provided via Blackboard.


Knowledge and understanding

Be able to identify and show depth of knowledge of viruses that infect the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract and of the diseases they cause.


Understand the concept of emerging and re-emerging infections and of the ways that these types of infections may arise and how they are detected and monitored.


Have a critical understanding of the particular problems and ongoing challenges that these types of viral infections cause.


Understand how the above viral infections are diagnosed including the importance and current limitations of molecular methods.


Demonstrate a knowledge of current viral treatment and prevention strategies, how they are applied with respect to these infections and how effective they are in each context.


Understand transmission methods for these viruses, focusing particularly on emerging infections and how they impact on global public health.


Identify a current area of research in at least one of these areas of viral infection.


Intellectual skills

Synthesise and critically evaluate relevant scientific literature.


Present scientific and clinical data in an appropriate format.


Deal with complex concepts and make independent judgements


Demonstrate originality in problem solving, working independently or as part of a group

Practical skills

Independently design and carry out an experimental plan to diagnose a viral infection


Demonstrate competence and confidence in the virology laboratory environment.


Keep clear records of methods and data collection in the laboratory.


Present information clearly and concisely in written and oral form

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.


Interpret data and understand its significance to a particular viral infection


Demonstrate good time management and organisational skills in the laboratory setting.


Take personal responsibility for their own learning


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Portfolio 100%

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Pamela Vallely Unit coordinator

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