Comments about BSc Microbiology-Virology - At the institution - Coventry - West Midlands
Microbes have an enormous influence on humanity, both directly as causes of disease and by shaping our environment, both domestic and global. Bacteria are found in almost every habitat on earth (polar ice caps, hot water springs, ocean depths and the upper atmosphere, as well as on man, animals and plants, in soil and in foods). Some bacteria cause illnesses, such as food poisoning, and diseases such as tuberculosis. The study of how these bacteria cause disease is central to the medical aspects of microbiology. Some bacteria are involved in food spoilage whereas others are beneficial and are exploited by humans for their products. Viruses such as HIV and influenza are major agents of human disease while other viruses play a role in cancer; there is therefore great interest in developing effective anti-viral drugs. Viruses also impact on agriculture, infecting livestock and plants. As strict parasites, that use the cells’ components to reproduce themselves, studying viruses is also linked with understanding how cells themselves work.
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-4 Biological Sciences modules (topics covered include Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Agents of Infectious Disease, Biostatistics, Physiology).
-Chemistry for Biological Sciences, except for entrants with A level Chemistry, who may take an Option from: Quantitative Biology; Animal and Plant Biology; Psychology; or a Language module.
-Molecular Biology (2)
-Bacterial Pathogens and their Environment
-Bacterial Diversity and Metabolism
-Medical Virology or Virus Host Relationships
-Environmental Health Microbiology
-Antibiotics and Chemotherapy
-Virus Host Relationships
-Medical Microbiology and Virology
-Impact of Viral Diseases
-Exploiting Innovation in Biology
-Vaccination and Gene Therapy
-Population Dynamics of Infectious Diseases
-Clinical Pharmacology of Common Diseases and Options from other departments