You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You use industry-standard software and have access to computer laboratory facilities throughout your course.
You will typically have around 11 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
- 6 hours of lectures
- 1 hours of seminars
- 3 hours of supervised lab practicals
- 1 hours of one-to-one meetings.
When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. We advise you should take around 34 hours of independent study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone, and our computer laboratories.
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 assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
We aim to provide you with feedback within 10 working days of hand-in (practice assessment) and 20 working days of hand-in (formal coursework assessment).
Postgraduate Staff Profile
Professor Joseph Jackson - Programme Lead
Prof. Jackson has over 30 years of research experience studying host-parasite systems. He works in both the field and the laboratory, using techniques spanning classical taxonomy to the latest genomic approaches.
His recent work focusses on the interaction between the environment, the immune system and parasitic disease - and how this determines fitness in wild animals and health and productivity in domesticated animals.
He works, or has worked, on a wide range of vertebrate host systems, including humans, livestock, wild mammals, fishes and amphibians. In recent years, his laboratory has benefited from over £1.3 million in funding from NERC, The Leverhulme Trust, The Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the Welsh Government (National Research Network for Low Carbon Energy and Environment, NRN-LCEE).
Areas of expertise:
- General Parasitology
- Wildlife Parasitology
- Disease resistance in Aquaculture
"Being a young and enthusiastic African involved in the fight against tropical diseases, this course serves as a robust weapon marching forward."
Salum Mapua - MSc Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology (forerunner to the current programme - similar core modules)
“The Masters in Parasitology provided me with excellent knowledge, skills and guidance, which helped me reach my goals of working in parasitology research and studying for a PhD. The lecturers and staff during my time at Salford, were excellent, supportive and wanted everyone to succeed.”
Anna Thomason - MSc Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology
After her masters Anna secured a full-time 4-year research assistantship at Aberystwyth University and then moved to an equivalent post at the University of Salford, where she is now also completing a Ph.D