The two contributing universities of Salford and Keele have considerable complementary research experience in the biology of parasites and the vectors which transmit them.
This has led to the development of this unique, pioneering joint Masters degree focusing on the molecular aspects of parasite infections and vector biology. It aims to give you a sound insight into the biology of parasites and their control. The course provides you with contemporary studies of research on immunological and molecular aspects of selected parasites and vector/parasite relationships. You will gain research experience in parasitology and/or entomology.
Individual research projects can be based in any of the three institutions, choosing a topical aspect of parasitology, or vector biology.
Semester 1 - September to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September
The MSc in Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology would run over a three year period part-time.
Year 1 Semester 1
Year 2 Semester 1
Year 2 Semester 2
Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in either Biological, Medical, Vetinary Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Pharmacology, Zoology, Biomolecular Science, Biotechnology or Biomedical Lab Technology.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International and EU students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.0 band score (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.
Graduates who wish to enter research, teaching, scientific laboratory management and careers in parasitology and vector biology including diagnostic centres and overseas fields centres.
Teaching is delivered by research active staff from Salford and Keele Universities. Teaching sessions are primarily based at Salford, though the facilities at Keele are also utilised. Transport is provided for classes based at Keele.
Teaching sessions include lectures, laboratory practicals, field work, tutorials, guest lectures and guided reading.
The Dissertation can be based at Salford or Keele.
Part-time students study Fundamentals of Parasitology and Molecular Biology of Parasites in year 1, Vector Biology and Control, and Research Skills (Parasitology) in year 2. Students may wish to complete the Dissertation in year 2, or year 3 depending upon commitments.
The Research Skills (Parasitology) and Dissertation modules are assessed by coursework. The remaining modules are assessed by coursework and examination.
Dr Darren Brooks
MSc Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
Expertise: Roles of peptidases in nematode biology; impact of parasite diseases upon threatened wildlife.
Dr Frederic Tripet, University of Keele
MSc Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
Expertise: population structure and speciation of the Anopheles gambiae complex; evolutionary ecology of mating behaviour in mosquitoes; ecological immunology of Anopheles/Plasmodium interactions.
Graduates from this course 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.
The MSc equips students for PhD research and former students have gone onto PhD study at prestigious Universities, including Oxford, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester and Toledo (USA). The students at Toledo have now completed their PhD studies are have gained employment at US Ivy League Institutes (Harvard Medical School and Cornell). Other students have elected to work in hospital laboratories, or diversify their careers by taking medical sales or enter teacher training posts.
Former overseas students have returned to their home country to take academic, or government positions.
The best thing about being at Salford was how friendly and close all the staff and students are - I feel like I have been accepted as one of the team rather than just another student.
I really enjoyed everything about the course, especially the fact that I gained expertise from three different institutions. The teaching was excellent and the research project has helped me immensely.
After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||£1,334 per 30 credits|
|Full-time International||£13,300, part-time £2,217 per 30 credits|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
The School is home to state-of-the-art laboratories with dedicated research labs for your research project, and you will also have use of the facilities at Keele.
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