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MIU44003 - Microbial Pathogenicity (Core Curriculum)

Module Name

MIU44003 - Microbial Pathogenicity

Module Credit Value


Module Coordinator

Dr. Kim Roberts


  • Prof. Tim Foster
  • Dr. Joan Geoghean
  • Dr. Carsten Kroger
  • Dr. Sinead Corr
  • Dr. Derek Doherty
  • Dr. Derek Sullivan
  • Clinical Microbiology

Contact Hours

30 lectures

Recommended Reading List for self guided study

Students will be provided with primary research articles and scientific reviews on specialised research topics for self-guided study.

Short Content Overview

This module builds on the core concepts of bacterial and eukaryotic microbial pathogenicity studied in the Junior Sophister year and introduces students to "up to the minute" developments in research in this area. Lecture topics include, microbial interaction with the host, the role of the bacterial surface and secretion in pathogenicity, pathogenesis of Gram positive, Gram negative bacteria and eukaryotic microbes, immune responses to microbial infections and clinical Microbiology.

Students in their fourth year have an opportunity to explore, in detail, the major areas of Microbiology under the themes of (a) Molecular and Cellular Biology, and (b) Microbial Pathogenicity. The themes are covered in two Core Modules: MIU44002, and MIU44003. Lectures in the core themes are compulsory for all students. Each 10 ECTS module requires lecture attendance by students, self-directed study guided by recommended reading material and further reading beyond the course.