Taught course

Molecular Biology of Parasites and Disease Vectors

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine · Tropical and Infectious Diseases

Entry requirements

Open to graduates with an Honours degree (2.ii or equivalent) in the biological sciences or a medical/veterinary degree. Overseas candidates with other qualifications may be accepted, particularly if they have the relevant experience through working in an appropriate field for a number of years. Medical or Veterinary students who have completed at least three years of study and wish to intercalate are also accepted onto the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Molecular biology and genomics play an increasingly important and exciting role in research on medically important pathogens, parasites, arthropods and organisms of importance to public health, and this award provides advanced training in this field. It provides an important foundation of knowledge of the basic biology of pathogens, parasites, vectors of disease, and organisms of importance to public health, followed by specialised modules on the molecular and cellular biology and functional genomics of pathogens, parasites and vectors of disease, as well as related public health, and tropical health issues. There is a significant practical component throughout the programme, and the laboratory work undertaken provides a wide range of techniques that would be highly relevant to a future research career. Following the taught component, participants complete a dissertation including a period of applied research either overseas or in Liverpool.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44(0)151 705 3100