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Course Overview

  • this course provides core information to prepare you for advanced studies in the areas of molecular microbiology and infectious diseases;
  • in depth knowledge will be provided for the advanced study of microbes and their impact on all areas of life and society;
  • you will participate in a practical that provides you with an insight into a real-life research project providing skills in experimental design, data analysis, practical laboratory skills and research publication;
  • wider transferrable skills including problem solving and data interpretation are aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Samantha Miller

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • One of BI20M3 Molecular Biology of the Gene (Passed) or BI25M5 Microbes, Infection & Immunity (Passed) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Studied) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (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

This course presents molecular approaches in current experimental microbiology. Areas covered include molecular mechanisms of adaptations to the environment, including pathogenesis and interactions with other cells; evolutionary relationships among microbes; signal transduction, differentiation and secondary metabolism; microbial communities; observation of and experimentation on molecular pathways and mechanisms of microbial pro- and eukaryotes; usage of microbial models to study fundamental biological processes.

Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on direct relevance of these topics to current problems in medicine, agriculture, food and related industries.

Further Information & Notes

BI 2002 strongly recommended as Pre-requisite.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Biochemistry (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biol)
  • BSc Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Bio)
  • BSc Microbiology
  • BSc Molecular Microbiology
  • BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology & Biobusines
  • Bachelor Of Science In Microbiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Molecular & Biobusiness)
  • MSci Biochemistry (Biobusiness) with Ind Plt
  • MSci Biochemistry with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Biotechnology (Ap Mol Bio & Biobusiness) with Ind'l P'mnt
  • MSci Microbiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biol) with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Biotechnology(Appd Molecular Bio) with Ind Placement
  • Master In Science In Microbiology(Biobus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Bio& Biobus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

150 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three-hour essay examination (65%) and in-course assessment (35%).

Continuous assessment comprises: 1 laboratory report, 1 laboratory notebook, 1 essay (1,500 words)
Resit: 1 three-hour essay examination (65%) and previous continuous assessment (35%).

Formative Assessment

Informal questions presented associated with lecture blocks.


Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments.


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