Research course

Molecular Virology

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

Students will normally have a minimum of a 2:1 class honours degree in a relevant biological science subject, or an equivalent medical, veterinary or dental qualification. Applicants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, qualifications and referees’ reports, together with their perceived ability to complete the programme successfully and on the value of the training offered to their subsequent career plans.

Months of entry


Course content

Virology is the study of the viral agents responsible for causing disease in humans or animals. This includes the study of underlying mechanisms of virulence, virus epidemiology and immune responses to viruses. In IGH we study infectious agents in both humans and animals of economic importance.

Research in Virology and Veterinary Virology are based in new laboratories at three sites, the Ronald Ross Building, IC2 and Leahurst. They encompass studies of the pathogenicity, diagnostics, identification, epidemiology and immune responses to a range of viral pathogens including: Japanese encephalitis virus,HIV,respiratory syncytial virus, cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses, chicken metapneumovirus, feline calicivirus and Schmallenberg virus. Techniques used include: diagnostic identification methods, flow cytometry, ELISA, epidemiology, PCR and transcriptomic and genomic technologies, including metagenomics, resequencing and genotyping cell separation, proteomics and infection models.

The aims of the research are to investigate the transmission routes and behaviour of pathogens during infections and use this knowledge to design better therapeutic strategies or vaccines in order to improve the health of humans and animals.

Our postgraduate students have access to unrivalled expertise among Institute staff in a variety of infectious and non-infectious diseases of humans and animals, together with state-of-the-art facilities. The Institute integrates medical and veterinary research to enhance exchange of knowledge and skills, putting us at the forefront of the ‘one health agenda’. We offer an outstanding teaching and learning experience undertaken within a culture of research excellence, which keeps staff at the cutting edge of knowledge and ensures student talent is nurtured and celebrated.

Information for international students

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University, followed by further information can be found on our International webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 (full time) £2,098 (part time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
24-48 months


full time
24-72 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Eleanor Toole
0151 794 9573