Molecular Basis of Bacterial Infection

Evolution of bacterial virulence, antibiotics and antibiotics resistance, genomic data in analysing pathogenicity.


  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Final Year

20 Credits

During this module, students will become familiar with a number of important human pathogens and gain a detailed mechanistic understanding of how these bacteria cause infection at the molecular level. Drawing on a range of state-of-the-art experimental and analytical approaches, including analysis of genome sequence data, students can expect to discover a more in depth approach to pathgen biology which is the molecular basis of bacterial infection.

Through lectures, case studies and computer- and lab-based practical classes students will become familiar with the principles and practice of research addressing the molecular basis of bacterial infection and how this thriving area of science underpins a major our objective of discovering the next genertion of antibiotics. Students will thus gain an integrated view of the subject which will equip them for postgraduate research in this area and for employment as clinical scientists

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Lectures,  practicals, guided independent study


Exam (60%), Coursework (40%)