#SC-03-16 Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain

  • Categories Science
  • Duration 12h
  • Total Enrolled 5
  • Last Update November 2, 2020

About Course

The University of Nottingham


How do antibiotic-resistant bacteria develop and find their way into our food?

Learn what antibiotics are, how they work, and how bacteria become resistant to their effects. Hear how antibiotics are used from the perspective of healthcare and veterinary professionals. Explore how antibiotics are used in farming: How can antibiotic-resistant bacteria find their way onto our food? What impact does the environment and global trade have on the spread of this bacteria? Finally, consider what might be done to tackle antibiotic resistance: How effective are current policies? Can we find new types of antibiotics or alternatives to antibiotics? What can we do internationally?

Who will you learn with?

Robert Atterbury

Robert is a Lecturer in Microbiology at the University of Nottingham. He has spent over 17 years researching pathogenic bacteria and how biological agents (phages) can be used to control them.


Paul Barrow

Professor Paul Barrow is Sub-Dean for Research and Business at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham.



Who developed the course?

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a truly international education, inspiring students with world-leading research and benefitting communities all around the world.

What Will I Learn?

  • Describe the connection between antibiotic use and the development of antibiotic resistance.
  • Describe the mechanisms and dynamics of transfer of resistant bacteria within and along the food chain, as well as describe the environmental impact of the use of antimicrobials.
  • Appraise current legislation and policy in relation to controlling usage of antimicrobials in the food chain.
  • Identify alternative approaches to infection control not involving antibiotics.

Topics for this course

15 Lessons12h

Introduction to the Course?

Why is antimicrobial resistance (AMR) such a pressing issue? Find out what we will be covered in this course and meet the educators who will be guiding you through it.
Antimicrobial resistance: A growing threat00:01:45
Course outline
Who’s involved

What are antibiotics??

Learn about what antibiotics are, the history of their discovery, and how they actually work to fight infections.

Uses of antibiotics?

Find out about when and how antibiotics are used within human and veterinary medicine.

How does resistance develop??

Uncover the mechanisms by which resistance has developed through the overuse of antibiotics.

Transmissible antimicrobial resistance?

How does resistance in bacteria spread to increase the pool of resistance?

Student Feedback


Total 5 Ratings

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I love this course! Professor Robert Atterbury can take a topic and make it come to life. The course has had a great impac for me.

In this course, the question of whether we can find new antibiotics or alternatives to antibiotics is a very good one to think about.

In this course, I can put what We can do to address antimicrobial resistance and how effective our current policies are.

This course explores with us how antibiotics are used in agriculture, such as how antibiotic-resistant bacteria get into our food. Very interesting.

In this course I learned about what antibiotics are, how they work, and how bacteria become resistant to their effects. Good course.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone with an interest in antibiotics, food and farming, and how antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will affect our lives in the future. We aim to give you up-to-date information on the key issues in this topic, along with the opinions of leading experts from the world of industry, academia, medicine/veterinary medicine and government.
  • For those keen to learn more about this area, we also offer a more in-depth online course on Poultry Health, in which we explore how disease can be controlled in the poultry industry; a sector that is particularly susceptible to the challenges of antimicrobial resistance.