Taught course

Bioscience (Infectious Disease)

Keele University · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally possess a BSc Honours degree of 2:1 or higher in a Bioscience relevant subject, such as Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, or Neuroscience, or a closely related subject.

Applicants with an equivalent qualification in related subject areas, or a professional qualification of equivalent status and associated work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Months of entry


Course content

Strengthen your bioscience graduate skills and your experience in pre-eminent subject research on our MRes Bioscience (Infectious Disease) programme. Apply yourself to a substantial research project undertaken in our state-of-the-art laboratories, and develop the advanced knowledge and varied research skills that will facilitate progression on to PhD study or for a career in a variety of industries.

Our MRes in Bioscience (Infectious Disease) is a one-year research-based master's degree. The programme provides you with an excellent opportunity to spend concentrated time in a research environment for either a standalone degree, prepare you for further study at PhD level or a career in a variety of industries.

The core part of the programme is a major piece of independent research in the field of infectious disease which you will undertake in semesters two and three. This full-time research project enables you to expand your research experience and offers you the potential to undertake a national or international placement for your chosen research project.

You may undertake the project at an external institution, nationally or internationally to increase your experience of working in a subject-related laboratory. This is dependent on the type of project being undertaken and the research links of the lead project supervisor.

Taught modules in semester one will establish the key research skills and knowledge you will need in your independent research project such as critical literature searching, advanced research techniques, grant writing and experimental design.

Your research project will develop your individual research skills to an advanced level. You will formulate a research strategy, carry out thorough investigations, plus analyse and critically evaluate data in the context of current literature in your field. This data will then be presented in multiple scientific formats such as in your dissertation, viva, poster and presentation at our postgraduate student research conference. Overall, the programme will provide you with a set of transferable skills in practical research, problem solving, organisation, time management, collaboration and scientific communication.

The culmination of the project will be the production of your dissertation where you will be able to demonstrate your ability to identify problems, synthesise hypotheses, design and perform experiments, extract, analyse and interpret data, critically evaluate and apply the results to current literature, and present complex research in scientific writing.

This specialist pathway in Infectious Disease aligns with the School of Life Science’s research themes and you will be supported throughout the year by expert academics who will develop your understanding of the various theoretical perspectives, different methodological approaches and the practical application of research within the biosciences field.

Information for international students

This course is available to international students.

Fees and funding

Please note, if your course offers a January start date, the January 2024 start date falls in the 2023/24 academic year. More information is available on our Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.


It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Please see the course page on the Keele University website for details on how the course is taught.

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