Applications of Genomics in Infectious Disease

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Module overview

Modern high-throughput sequencing methodologies can provide unprecedented specificity for diagnosing infectious diseases and tracking the spread of an outbreak. Following introductory lectures about the global burden and transmission routes of infectious diseases, you will learn about the basic biology and genomics of bacteria, fungi and viruses, features associated with pathogenicity, the basis for antibiotic susceptibility and the problem of antibiotic resistance. Clinical examples discussed will include tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus, Salmonella and Ebola.


15 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

Teaching delivered one day each week for five consecutive weeks.

Module dates

16/23/30 Apr, 7/14 May 2021


The module will be assessed via a short presentation, and an exam made up of short answer questions and a choice of essay. For those taking the module as a stand-alone option, you need only take the assessment if you require the University credits.

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

Module Lead:

Other University staff teaching

NHS staff

  • Dr Erasmus Smit

Other staff

  • Prof Alexander Tarr, University of Nottingham

Stand-alone module



This module can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course.  

You should have a good honours degree in a life sciences subject, although we will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and professional experience within the health service or other relevant background. You should either take Fundamentals in Human Genetics and Genomics  and Omics Techniques and their Application to Genomic Medicine first, or be able to show you have equivalent knowledge and understanding to enable you to benefit from this module. 

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