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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course will provide students with microbiology knowledge for further advanced studies and will provide training in microbiological laboratory techniques.  At the end of this course students will have an understanding of microbes associated with health and disease (including bacteria, fungi and viruses), practical and academic understanding of laboratory techniques required for the culture, identification and characterisation of microbes, and increased confidence in reading and critiquing primary research literature.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Dr Donna MacCallum

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology (Studied) or Master Of Science In Molecular Medicine (Studied) or Master Of Research In Medical Mycology For Clinicians or MSc Immunology or Master Of Science In Immunology And Immunotherapy (Studied) or Master Of Science In Biotechnology, Bioinformatics And Bio-Business (Studied) or Master Of Research In Medical Sciences (Studied) or MSc Genetics (Studied) or MSc Microbiology (Studied) or Master Of Science In Industrial Biotechnology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Lectures will cover basic microbiology and microbes associated with health and disease.

Practical classes will cover selective culturing of microorganisms, Gram staining, other techniques and microscopy to characterise microorganisms, tests to assist in identification of species, and antimicrobial drug susceptibility testing.

Journal clubs will be held on a weekly basis and will be used to encourage students to engage with current scientific literature and to become confident in critiquing the information.

Further Information & Notes

Prescribed course for: MSc Microbiology

Elective course for: MSc Genetics, MSc Immunology, MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology, MSc Molecular Medicine, MRes Medical Sciences, MSc Industrial Biotechnology.  Any other new Masters programme in life sciences

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 8 - 11
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 7 - 16
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 12, 14
  • 2 Tutorials during University week13

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt; continuous assessment (written practical report in manuscript form)(50%); one 2 hour written examination - MCQ (50%)  Resit: Oral interview to determine whether the student has achieved the learning outcomes of the course.

Formative Assessment

Students are encouraged to submit their practical report manuscript for formative feedback one week before the final deadline - all reports are commented upon individually via myAberdeen.


Students receive formative written feedback on their practical report via myAberdeen. The final submitted version is also commented upon in myAberdeen and additional comments on how the learner could improve in the future are submitted via myAberdeen, as well as a rubric giving feedback on performance in various areas for the assessment. Students can ask for feedback on their MCQ exam.

Course Learning Outcomes


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