This programme combines theoretical and practical training in biology and control of disease vectors and the human pathogens they transmit. You will gain specialised skills in the molecular biology of infectious diseases, and will cover all aspects of major vector-borne diseases.

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the biology of vectors and intermediate hosts of human pathogens together with methods for their control
  • describe the biology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of parasitic infections in humans and relate these to human health and disease control strategies
  • demonstrate a range of specialised technical and analytical skills relevant to vectors and vector-borne diseases
  • design and carry out a research project on biology or control of disease vectors, analyse and interpret the results and prepare a report including a critical literature review
  •  design, undertake and evaluate vector control interventions

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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
  • Vector Sampling, Identification & Incrimination
  • Integrated Vector Management

Elective modules include:

  • Epidemiology & Control of Malaria
  • Designing Disease Control Programmes in Developing Countries
  • Advanced Diagnostic Parasitology
  • Vector Biology & Vector Parasite Interaction
  • Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases

Residential Field Trip

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

Project report


You will complete a field or laboratory research project on an appropriate entomological topic.

Student Destinations

Graduates go into operational control programmes, applied basic research and academic fields.


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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