This programme provides core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of medical parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them.

The programme will enable you to demonstrate:

  • detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology, life cycles, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and their relevance for human health and control
  • detailed knowledge and understanding of the biology and strategies for control of the vectors and intermediate hosts of human parasites
  • how to carry out practical laboratory identification of parasite stages and diagnose infections
  • specialised skills in advanced diagnostic, molecular, immunological, genetic, chemotherapeutic, ecological and/or control aspects of the subject
  • the ability to design a laboratory or field-based research project, and apply relevant research skills

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Study Details:

MSc one year full-time or split-study over two years

Module Details:

Compulsory modules:

  • Parasitology & Entomology
  • Analysis & Design of Research Studies
  • Critical Skills for Tropical Medicine

Elective modules include:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Epidemiology & Control of Malaria
  • Molecular Biology & Recombinant DNA Techniques
  • Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
  • Immunology of Parasitic Infection: Principles
  • Integrated Vector Management

Residential Field Trip

There is a compulsory one week field course, between Terms 2 and 3, on vector and parasite sampling and identification methods.

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You will complete a research project based on a critical review of an approved topic, analysis of a collection of results or a laboratory study.


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme. Intercalating medical students may apply. 

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