Research course

Medical Parasitology

University of Liverpool · School of Medical Education

Entry requirements

We can accept up to five students each year for postgraduate training by research to MPhil or PhD level. For entry to the programme you will need to have obtained a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in biological or biomedical sciences from a UK university, or a degree in medicine or veterinary medicine or an international degree at an equivalent level. You should include with your application a curriculum vitae and details of the research area in which you are interested. The typical entry requirement is a Bachelors degree (with Honours) at 2:1 level or better in an appropriate field of study. Individual consideration is given to mature students with significant and relevant experience and with professional qualifications. 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 can be found on our International webpages. Please see for English Language requirements specific to your country. If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional EAP programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes; If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at

Months of entry


Course content

Veterinary Parasitology research is based predominantly in the new IC2 building on the main city campus, with strong links with collaborators at the Leahurst campus on the Wirral, 20 minutes away. Parasitic diseases are of major importance to the health and welfare of animals throughout the world. As (relatively) large and sophisticated pathogens, parasites present particularly intriguing and difficult challenges; many are also zoonotic, transmitted between animals and humans, affecting the health of both. We have a large, well funded research team working on the temperate liver fluke parasite, Fasciola hepatica, the abortifacient protozoan Neospora caninum and the cyathostomins, the most significant group of gastro-intestinal nematodes affecting horses. Our underlying philosophy is to apply modern genomic, proteomic and modelling techniques to address important problems of practical relevance. We are particularly interested in anthelmintic resistance, vaccine development and improved control through better management of disease.

Research addressing human parasitic infections takes place at the new IC2 laboratories on the city centre campus. Our aim is to understand the molecular and physiological mechanisms of parasitic infections, as a basis for improving global health through novel disease interventions and therapies. We use the latest functional genomic and proteomic techniques to understand the basic biology of parasites that cause endemic intestinal diseases in humans, such as cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis and amoebiasis, in the U.K. and worldwide. Our research is revealing the genomic basis to complex disease mechanisms like antigenic variation in trypanosomatid parasites, which cause neglected tropical diseases such as human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and leishmaniaisis. We also study the molecular basis of parasitism in nematode parasites such as Strongyloides and the filarial worms, which cause onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, in an effort to develop protective immunity in onchocerciasis and a new chemotherapeutic strategy for filarial diseases.

Available programmes for parasitology research are:

  • Infection and Global Health (Medical)
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Veterinary Parasitology

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12-48 months
      part time
      48-72 months
      • PhD
        full time
        24-48 months
          part time
          48-84 months
          • MD
            full time
            24-72 months
            • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

          Course contact details

          PG Recruitment

          +44 (0)151 794 5927