Postgraduate taught 

Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law MSc

Genetic and Genomic Aspects of Antimicrobial Resistance VETSCI5024

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will provide the students with fundamental knowledge about the genetic and genomic mechanisms underlying the acquisition, evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in pathogens of human and veterinary importance.


Teaching sessions are spread over two weeks and include lectures and laboratory practical classes and an external visit.

Excluded Courses





■ One written assignment, 1500 words on genomic data analysis (50%)

■ One report from lab practicals (50%)

Course Aims

The overall aim of this course is to provide the students with critical understanding of molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance. Specific course aims are to:


■ Equip students with understanding of core principles of genetic and genomic mechanisms of acquisition, evolution and spread of AMR in pathogens relevant to human and animal health

■ Provide students with critical comprehension of and practical skills in the use of genetic and genomic approaches to identify AMR patterns.

■ Encourage students to research independently and to critically evaluate a chosen aspect of molecular mechanisms of AMR

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


Knowledge and Understanding


■ Understand and critically discuss the molecular basis of emergence and spread of AMR

■ Discuss and critically assess the use of genotypic and phenotypic approaches for AMR detection

■ Explore and evaluate the role of genomics in the study of AMR


Skills and Other Attributes


Intellectual skills

■ Critically examine, analyse and summarise scientific literature on a chosen aspect of molecular mechanisms or genomic features of AMR

■ Perform simple experiments on molecular identification of AMR determinants

■ Comprehend and utilise selected tools for molecular and genomic screening of AMR


Transferable/key skills

■ Critically read and evaluate scientific literature

■ Appraise and communicate a study subject in written and oral form

■ Use software tools for molecular and genomic data analysis 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.