• Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course addresses epidemiological aspects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including drivers, surveillance approaches, practical methods to conduct an epidemiological study in this context, and AMR mitigation strategies.


Teaching will comprise of both lectures and practical classes/workshop sessions.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Assessment 1 is a written assignment (1,500-2,000 words) proposing an epidemiological study (ILOs 1,2,3)

Assessment 2 is a short oral presentation with question time (ILOs 1,2,4)

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with a foundational knowledge of the processes driving AMR emergence, persistence, transmission and spread at local, regional and global levels. Students will become familiar with approaches available to detect, measure, prevent and/or reduce AMR in human/animal populations and/or the environment, such that they can design their own appropriate epidemiological study focussing on a chosen aspect of AMR.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1. Critically discuss, with reference to the primary literature, relevant epidemiological methods for the detection, measurement and/or analyses of AMR in a local, regional or global context

2. Critically assess scientific literature to recognise key knowledge gaps and/or research priorities in order to formulate a research hypothesis/question and plan a study to address the identified 

3. Use their own knowledge, skills and experience to propose a study that is suitable, robust, feasible and has the potential to influence AMR related local, regional or global policies 

4. Orally communicate, clearly and concisely, with regards to the suitability of different types of study design, critically discussing the issues or limitations of different types of study

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.