This course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of taught modules and a 60-credit Research Project. The taught modules are delivered through lectures or problem-based learning (PBL), and involve student-centred learning methods to develop and manage your teaching and learning.
Lectures are delivered by a panel of leading national and international experts including academics from the University of Nottingham as well as leading experts in their respective fields from other leading institutions and relevant organisations. You will have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art microbiology techniques, acquire a broad base of theoretical knowledge and gain hands-on practical experience in clinical microbiology.
In addition to the taught modules, you will also undertake a 60-credit research project conducted over five months in the laboratory of a member research staff within the school or faculty. This module will enable you to experience contemporary research methods by following a research programme and performing experiments, systematic reviews, or other research activities aimed at solving a specific biomedical problem or hypothesis.
We have introduced a PBL theme to the Applied Molecular Microbiology and Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infections modules. This allows you freedom for investigative research of a given topic. You can work as individuals, in pairs or collectively in groups to solve a problem.
The last module, the Research Project, is a practical module which allows an efficient cooperation between the student, bench supervisor and the principle investigator of the project, and provides you with hands-on experience of practical techniques, time management skills, and critical analysis that you can develop during your research project.
The Research Project is conducted during the spring semester and continues into the summer months.
All modules and module resources are uploaded and accessed through Moodle, the University’s online virtual learning environment. The University has invested in the lecture capture software, Echo 360 which allows faithful recording of all lectures that are timetabled in University lecture rooms.
This course uses a variety of assessment methods that are adopted by the nature of the module. Forms of assessment include:
- examinations - essay paper in the form of short answer questions (SAQ) and online multiple-format questions (MFQ)
- assessed coursework - both written and verbal
- practical examination in the Research Methods module
- viva voce examination for the Research Project module
MFQ for all taught course modules are delivered online through the University’s Rogo™ software which is accessed through the Student Portal. This allows each test to be marked by the software quickly and accurately.
The Research Methods module has an element of peer assessment where student members of the audience are invited to assess their colleagues’ performances according to set criteria and descriptors, and the research project dissertation will be written up as a scientific paper.
SOLAR, the student online learning and administrative system of the school, can be accessed through the University portal and provides a central point for you to access your assessment results and tutorial records. Timetables are accessed through University central timetabling.
You will be expected to work both independently and as part of a group.
Each student is allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the course, and regular meetings are scheduled throughout the year. Your personal tutor is your first point of contact for any issues you may have, both academically and personally. They can also help you access wider University services.