MSc Infectious Diseases

University of Kent, School of Biosciences

Program Description

MSc Infectious Diseases

University of Kent, School of Biosciences

The MSc in Infectious Diseases has been designed for students who wish to gain an advanced education and training in the biological sciences, within the context of a range of human diseases that affect a significant proportion of the global population. The course provides training in the modern practical, academic and research skills that are used in academia and industry. Through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars and practical classes, students will apply this training towards the development of new strategies to combat the spread of infectious diseases.

The programme culminates with a research project under the supervision of faculty that currently perform research on disease-causing microorganisms.

Course content

The MSc in Infectious Diseases involves studying for 120 credits of taught modules, as indicated below. The taught component takes place during the Autumn and Spring terms, while a 60-credit research project takes place over the Summer months. The assessment of the course will involve a mixture of practical classes, innovative continuous assessment to gain maximise transferable and professional skills, and examinations. In addition to traditional scientific laboratory reports, experience will be gained in a range of scientific writing styles relevant to future employment, such as literature reviews, patent applications, regulatory documents, and patient information suitable for a non-scientific readership. The individual modules are as follows:

  • Bacterial pathogens: emerging and neglected threats (15 credits)
  • Viral pathogens (15 credits)
  • Fungi as human pathogens (15 credits)
  • Advances in Parasitology (15 credits)
  • Practical and applied research skills for advanced biologists (30 credits)
  • Science at work (30 credits)
  • Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

Admissions requirements and fees

Students must have, or expect to have, a Second Class honours degree or above in Biosciences-related subject. Applications will be considered throughout the year and places filled on a competitive basis on the strength of the applications received. The fees for this master's course are as follows:

£5,100 Home/EU students

£14,860 International students

Fees for part-time study are half of the full-time equivalent.

Please note that the School of Biosciences has a number of funding and scholarship opportunities for master's students. Please visit the funding and scholarships page to review eligibility criteria and the application procedure.

Students will learn skills in experimental design using appropriate case studies that will embed them within the relevant research literature. They will also gain experience of analysis and statistical interpretation of complex experimental data.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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