Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
School - School of Environment & Life Sciences
Subject area - Biomedical Science
Start Dates(s): September
MSc (one year full-time or up to three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or 16 months part-time)
Part-time - TBC
UK - £8,220
International - £13,860
- Innovative, collaborative course taught jointly by the University of Salford and Keele University
- Significant practical training in parasitology including intensive residential field trip to Yorkshire’s Malham Tarn
- Excellent platform for a research career
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
The two contributing universities - 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 pioneering joint masters degree, focusing on the molecular aspects of parasite infections and vector biology. It aims to provide you with a sound insight into the biology of parasites and their control.
This course will educate you in contemporary studies of research on immunological and molecular aspects of selected parasites and vector/parasite relationships. You will also gain research experience in parasitology and/or entomology. Individual research projects can be based in either of the two institutions, choosing a topical aspect of parasitology, or vector biology.
Biomedical Research at the University of Salford
Individual research projects can be based in either of the two institutions depending upon whether your interests are in parasite or vector studies. If electing to carry out a project at Keele University you would be guaranteed housing on Keele campus.
For the full-time study option:
Semester 1 - September to February
Semester 2 - February to June
Semester 3 - June to September
In semester 1 there is also a residential field trip to Malham Tarn field-centre, North Yorkshire where you will learn parasite diagnostic techniques through analysis of local wildlife.
The MSc in Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology would run over a three year period part-time.
Year 1 Semester 1
- Core Parasitology (15 credits)
- Postgraduate Scholarship Skills (15 credits)
- Research Design and Delivery (15 credits)
- Molecular Parasitology (15 credits)
Year 2 Semester 1
- Vector Biology and Control (30 credits)
Year 2 Semester 2
- Parasite Immunology (15 credits)
- Optional module; either Infectious Disease Control or Principles of Epidemiology and Surveillance (15 credits)
- Research Project in Parasitology/Vector Biology (may be carried out in semester 3 of year 2) (60 credits)