Skip to main navigationSkip to main content
The University of Southampton

BIOL3065 Biomedical Parasitology

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is introduce third year students to the main clinically relevant parasite classes, it will consider their lifecycles, the human/veterinary pathology caused and the treatment methods both of the primary and where applicable intermediate hosts and environment. It will give an understanding of vector borne disease. The module will consider the interaction and evasion methods used by parasites in respect to the immune system and chemical control. It will consider the evidence of possible benefits gained by parasitism. Finally it will demonstrate examples of host:parasite coevolution and consider the likely changes in parasite risk the UK in the light of environmental change.


1/ Definition of parasite and parasitology and understanding of their worldwide and UK importance for human/ animal health and their role in current hygiene policy 2/ An understanding of the main classes of human parasite and examples of the most relevant parasite induced diseases including- Kinetoplastids (trypanosomes), Plasmodia, Amoebia, Helminths (Cestodes-tape worms, Schistosomes, Nematodes), Ectoparasites (insects -lice, fleas etc, Arachnia -ticks / mites) 3/ Examples of the various methods of pharmacological treatment in the host, also other protective counter measures 4/ Parasites effects on the immune system and parasite immune evasion 5/ Examples of parasite and host interactions and co-evolution (eg Cat-Mouse-Human behaviour and Toxoplasma) 6/ Effects of climate change on parasite risk

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures Seminars Practical session Poster session/ student presentations

Practical classes and workshops3
Independent Study125
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Class practicals 15%
Poster Presentation 10%
Written exam 75%


MethodPercentage contribution
Class practicals 15%
Poster Presentation 10%
Written exam 75%

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

BIOL2022Immunology, Infection and Inflammation
Share this module Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this on Weibo

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.