MICR30060 Pharmaceutical and Food Microbiology

Academic Year 2024/2025

This third year module aims to explore the significance of microbial activity in food and pharmaceutical products. Lectures will examine the role of microorganisms in food spoilage and in the pharmaceutical industries.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:Recognise the factors influencing contamination and spoilage of beverages, food and pharmaceutical products. Apply the principles of preservation so as to minimise the risk of contamination and spoilage. Explain the basic principles of quality assurance and control. Carry out specific experiments using acquired laboratory skills.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students will partake in active learning within the practical and lecture components of this module. During the practical series students will have an opportunity to actively analyze the practical content. The module will also have lecture based learning, and reflective learning will be supported with the aligned reading material
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that students taking this module have previously completed MICR20050 'Microbiology in Medicine, Biotechnology and the Environment' or modules with equivalent outcome

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ENVB30110 - Food Microbiology

Applied Microbology (INDM30060)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Practical Skills Assessment: Written Laboratory reports assessed by Standard conversion grade scale and practical MCQ exam assessed by Alternative linear grade scale. n/a Graded No


Exam (In-person): Written examination n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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Name Role
Dr Patrick Caffrey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Hilary McMahon Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Carina Hof Tutor