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BS255 - Clinical Microbiology

  • Module code: BS255
  • Module name: Clinical Microbiology
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module focuses on the diversity, molecular, biochemical and cellular aspects and pathogenic mechanisms of eukaryotic microbial pathogens, with the emphasis on protozoan parasites and fungi. These pathogens cause a variety of debilitating and often lethal diseases in humans and other mammals. Their modes of pathogenesis and infection often differ significantly from those of bacteria and viruses. An understanding of their biology is revealing new insights into mechanisms of infection and disease. The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the diversity of eukaryotic microbial pathogens, to analyse the biological and pathogenic mechanisms of selected medically important parasites and fungi and to examine case histories of one or two important pathogens.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS255-12)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio) (C1A1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (MBio) (C1A3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (C1B9) - Year 2