Research course

Veterinary Virology

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Veterinary Science

Entry requirements

Candidates for the MPhil must normally be a graduate in science, veterinary science or another appropriate subject. For a PhD, it is usual for the University to insist on an initial registration for the degree of MPhil for the first year of your study and then to upgrade your studies to PhD level if you are progressing satisfactorily. The programme of research takes at least two years full-time (usually three years) or at least four years part-time, although special permission may be given to undertake one year outside the University. Normally, a full-time PhD programme involves three-four years study.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Eleanor Toole
+44 (0)151 794 9573