Postgraduate MSc

Parasitology (Wildlife)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

January 2021


In a nutshell

Parasitology is the study of parasite organisms such as viruses, bacteria, worms or insects, parasitic diseases, and their impact on host species. The ever-changing relationship between parasites and hosts makes it a dynamic and diverse scientific field. Following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our need to better understand parasitology is greater than ever.

Parasitologists make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of biological functions. Through cutting-edge scientific research, they explore how parasites fight to survive in their host, so they can identify solutions to eradicate many pandemic diseases that impact on society. 

The programme offers a broad-based education in modern Parasitology, with opportunities to tailor course content to suit your interests. Depending on your module selection and chosen research project topic, you can follow one of three tailored pathways within the overarching MSc Parastiology degree programme.

Available with full and part-time study routes, this wildlife pathway provide learners with both core parasitology knowledge and wildlife focus, ready to apply in healthcare, science or research fields. Start dates are available each January and September. On successful completion of the programme, you will receive the MSc Parasitology (Wildlife) award.

If you are still exploring your options, you can learn more about other Parasitology pathways:

You will:
  • Study at a recognised centre for parasitology research with broadly-based expertise in all of the major platyhelminth groups, ectoparasitic arthropods and parasitic Protozoa
  • Further your knowledge of human, animal and molecular parasitology with specialism in wildlife
  • Explore the growing medical biotechnology field and understand more about infections disease control
  • Learn from passionate and knowledgeable biomedical science staff with expertise in parasitic disease in humans

students accepted

This is for you if...


You are passionate about science and want to advance human understanding of the world around us


You are eager to build your scientific knowledge and skills learning from academic staff engaged in pioneering research projects


You want to further your wildlife parasitology knowledge while you build advanced laboratory skills

Course details

All about the course

The Parasitology programme is available in flexible study formats, including full and part-time pathways. It comprises eight 15 credit taught modules, followed by a 60 credit research project.

  • Full-time students will take modules in trimesters one and two, and complete the project module in trimester three.
  • Part-time students will spread their studies over trimesters one and two of two years, and complete the project module in year three.
Trimester one

Postgraduate Scholarship Skills

This module will provide you with the key skills and knowledge to pursue academic research at the postgraduate and professional level. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the current ‘big issues’ in the life sciences and will understand how ethics and bioethics can enhance critical thinking in often controversial subject areas.

Human and Animal Parasitology

This module provides a level of core knowledge and awareness of the importance of human and animal parasites. A major component of the module is a residential field trip in which you will develop skills in diagnostic parasitology and parasitological surveys. The module is assessed by coursework submission based upon the field course.      

Molecular Parasitology

This module presents a coherent overview of some of the most recent and important research that exploits molecular biology to advance the study of parasite biology and the diseases that they cause. The lecture course is complemented by lab-based learning. The module is assessed by coursework submission based upon the lecture and laboratory classes.

GIS and Remote Sensing Applied for Wildlife Conservation

In this module, you will learn the essential tools to produce and interpret maps, an essential tool in conservation planning and monitoring.    

Trimester two

Research Design and Delivery

This module will enable you to design, plan and execute a programme of research and to apply appropriate analysis of research results, it has a strong focus on acquiring laboratory skills prior to undertaking the final research project module and as such will develop your practical skills beyond that of a standard MSc programme. It will provide opportunities for you to develop essential research skills in the discipline and allow you to undertake project work broadly aligned to the focus of your dissertation.

Parasite Immunology

This module presents an up-to-date insight into how parasites interact with the mammalian immune response. Mechanisms of resistance and tolerance to infections are discussed as well as disease pathology. Immunology practical classes complement the lecture series. The module is assessed by coursework submission based upon the lecture and laboratory classes.

Invasions and Infections

In this module you will learn about the role the invasive species and pathogens play in altering local ecological communities and biodiversity.

Choose one optional module

Infectious Disease Control

You will gain understanding of detailed information about the major impact of infectious disease on global health and the factors that contribute towards their outcomes. This module will discuss the latest technologies used to investigate key infectious diseases and the current developments in diagnostics and treatment options. We will discuss the limitations of current diagnosis; treatment and control options in light of increasing antimicrobial resistance and genetic mutation and develop practical knowledge and skills in the application of basic and molecular microbiology techniques.

Principles of Epidemiology and Surveillance

This module provides an overview of the main concepts and issues in the epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, including the key environmental and biological drivers of epidemics.

Veterinary and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (Parasitology)

This is a unique module that builds on the considerable research experience that staff at Salford have in Parasitology and infectious diseases. It covers the basics and epidemiology of this group of diseases from a holistic view.     

Trimester three

Research Project in Parasitology

Research projects in the area of parasite biology. Project topics spanning a broad area of this subject are available, including the use of molecular and whole organism approaches.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


You will experience a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory practicals that total approximately 11 hours of contact time per week. Seminars are designed to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

Alongside formal teaching, you will also have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. 


All modules are assessed 100% by coursework except for the optional Medical Biotechnology module, which is assessed by examinations. You will receive feedback on all practice and formal assessments.

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During your studies, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms and laboratories, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software.

As a parasitology student, you will learn in our cutting-edge Bodmer Laboratories which host industry-standard instrumentation including cell culture facilities, FACS, MALDI-TOF, LC and GC mass spectrometry, FTIR and FTNMR spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy and scanning electron microscopy.

Programme Team

The Parasitology (Wildlife) postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with exceptional research experience and extensive professional connections.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


This programme prepares you for onward career developments in research, academia and related employment fields. With increasing interest in parasitology fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is anticipated that exciting new research and work opportunities will arise.

Parasitology graduates often choose early career roles working as research assistants or research laboratory technicians in parasitology, pharmaceuticals, drug design and pesticide research.

Example career paths for Salford's parasitology graduates include working as a pollution microbiologist with a water authorities, and roles in regional hospital laboratories investigating the haematology, molecular biology and immunology of infectious diseases.

Further Study

Many parasitology graduates choose research to take their subject knowledge even further. earn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

The Biomedical Research Centre at Salford is home to our vibrant, collaborative community of molecular biologists, biochemists, chemists, clinicians, microbiologists, parasitologists, physiologists, and cell biologists dedicated to advancing our scientific knowledge.

Some course alumni have progressed to further study and work overseas with international universities that include our partner university in Toledo, USA, Harvard Medical School and Cornell.

A taste of what you could become

A parasitologist

A microbiologist

A hospital lab technician

A research assistant

And more...

Career Links

Salford is well-positioned to provide you with access to career networks and research opportunities. Locally, the North West is the fastest-growing employment region outside of London in science and biomedical science-based vacancies.


What you need to know


This postgraduate programme is designed to appeal to graduates and industry professionals with interests in biomedical science, genomics and molecular parasitology. Ideally, you will be looking to prepare for a research-based career, either at a technical or academic level.


International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Applicants should possess at least a UK lower second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in either Biological, Medical, Veterinary Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Pharmacology, Zoology, Biomolecular Science, Biotechnology or Biomedical Lab Technology.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,000per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,210per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,500 per 30 credits
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,180per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,530 per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

January 2021

September 2021