MSc Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology

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  • Objectives
    Key benefits An innovative, collaborative MSc programme taught jointly by the Universities of Salford, Manchester and Keele. Complementary parasitological expertise and research experience of three leading universities in the field, together with use of facilities in all three institutions. Acquisition of conceptual parasitological knowledge and a diverse array of practical and transferable skills. Received top rating in Quality Assurance Agency audit.
  • Entry requirements
    This programme is for UK and international graduates who wish to enter research, teaching, scientific laboratory management and careers in parasitology including diagnostic centres and overseas field centres.
  • Academic title
    MSc Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
  • Course description
    Programme content
    This MSc course explores in detail the biology of parasitic diseases and how such diseases are spread by vectors. Training in modern research techniques is provided. Semester 1 modules include:

    -Core Parasitology and Vector Biology
    -Immunology of Parasitic Infections
    -Vector Biology and Control
    -Molecular Biology of Parasites

    Semester 2 consists of two Research Skills modules: Research Skill Applications, and Analytical Parasitology.

    After Easter, students go on to undertake an individual research project based in one of the three institutions, choosing a topical aspect of parasitology. Students not wishing to continue onto the research project can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology if leaving the programme at this stage.

    The MSc is taught jointly by academic staff of the universities of Keele, Manchester and Salford, which were respectively rated 22, 23 and 24 (out of 24 - the maximum possible) by the UK Quality Assurance Agency.

    The programme is assessed by modular exams, assignments, presentations, practical work, group/individual projects, and submission of the research project report.

    Career progression
    Many graduates from this MSc programme go on to do a PhD. Others have entered employment as research assistants or research laboratory technicians in pharmaceuticals, drug design and pesticide research. Other careers have included pollution microbiologists with water authorities, and work in hospital laboratories investigating the haematology, molecular biology and immunology of infectious diseases.

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