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Infectious diseases and allergens have a huge impact on the health of human, animal and plants. The emergence of old and new pathogens, together with increasing spread of allergens originating from pollen and spores that trigger hay fever and asthma demonstrates why research is imperative. Read more
Infectious diseases and allergens have a huge impact on the health of human, animal and plants. The emergence of old and new pathogens, together with increasing spread of allergens originating from pollen and spores that trigger hay fever and asthma demonstrates why research is imperative. This distinctive programme meets the demands of curious minds of young scientists, nurses and clinicians in this field.

What and how will I learn?
The programme provides students with learning of; the source and impact of infections and allergens; how immune system of organisms cope with these exogenous triggers; how it translates into the agriculture, veterinary and patient clinic, offering the latest developments in detection, molecular and immunological diagnostics, forecasting, therapeutics and management. Students gain a tremendous experience in the research methods and techniques used to study infectious disease, allergens and the immunology of the host.

Degree Structure
Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits.

Full-time and part-time study will be available.

MSc: one calendar year full-time, two calendar years part-time (6 x 20 credit modules and a 3-month research project).

Postgraduate Diploma: 9 calendar months full time, two calendar years part-time (6 x 20 credit modules without the 3-month research project).

Postgraduate Certificate: up to 12 weeks full-time, up to two academic years part-time (3 x 20 credit modules).

Fundamental and Translational Aerobiology
Detection and Identification of microorganisms
Impacts of Infectious Agents on Plants, Animals and Humans
Allergens and Allergen Carriers
Allergy Diagnostics and Management
Research Methods

All MSc students undertake an independent research project in the areas of Aerobiology, detection, diagnostics, infectious agents, allergens, forensics and immunology which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, database mining, journal articles, wet-lab based experiments and self-directed learning. The last three months of the programme is spent on a laboratory-based research project. Assessment is through coursework, written examination, project reports, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Why should I study this degree at Worcester?
The Airborne Infectious Agents and Allergens MSc introduces exciting new themes that reflect the research excellence within NPARU Division of Institute of Science and the Environment at Worcester University. Students would benefit from the expertise of first-class teaching facilities, molecular, immunological, microbial, forensics and Imaging laboratories, and from the pollen research and forecasting expertise that exist within ISE/NPARU.
The last three months are spent on a practical research project that can be undertaken within ISE/NPARU at Worcester or in a related company or another institute at the UK. Strong links exist with several biotech companies or universities.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must hold a minimum of a minumum lower second-class Bachelor's degree in life sciences from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?
This programme is particularly suitable for scientists or clinicians who wish to be trained in the field of infection, detection and diagnostics, forensics, pollen biology, allergy and immunity. It offers a range of courses and a specialist research project that leads to a specialism in microbiology, allergy and immunology.

Industrial or University Studentships may be available for this programme.

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The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialised multidisciplinary research organisation within the University of Greenwich. Read more
The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialised multidisciplinary research organisation within the University of Greenwich. The Institute received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for its research activities on food security in the developing world. Much of NRI's research work is concerned with natural resources, agriculture and social development in developing countries, although it has an expanding portfolio of activities in Europe and other industrialised countries.

NRI provides a thriving environment for MPhil and PhD students working in agricultural and food sciences. Each of NRI's departments has a strong portfolio of research activities, of which students form an important and integral part.

The Agriculture, Health & Environment Department works on the worldwide development of appropriate cost-effective and sustainable approaches to controlling pests, diseases and weeds that affect crop production. Use of biocontrol and control methods involving no (or very low) conventional pesticides are increasing in importance in our work, especially for export crops.

The Department also has researchers who share a common interest in the many species of insects, ticks and rodents that cause injury to their hosts and transmit diseases to both humans and animals. Research is undertaken in the UK, using NRI's state-of-the-art laboratories, insectaries and glasshouses, and also overseas. Particularly strong areas of research include the epidemiology of insect-borne virus diseases, molecular diagnostics, pest and disease modelling, aerobiology and biometeorology, migrant pests, medical and veterinary entomology and integrated pest management.

The Food and Markets Department works on commodity management and food safety of cereals, grains, root crops, perishables and other crops. The Department works with all aspects of the operations of the food industry, including, for example, storage, post-harvest technology, quality analysis and management, compliance with food standards, food processing and value addition, value chains, private and public sector standards and market development. NRI's work provides many opportunities for postgraduates to be involved in multidisciplinary projects.

We offer full-time or part-time attendance, with students based on our campus or in their home countries, or some combination.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/res/afs

What you'll study

Recent research project topics include:

- The impact of host plants on the efficacy of nucleopolyhedrovirus as a biopesticide

- Reasons for multiple loans in microfinance and their effect on the repayment performance

- Evaluating the impact of climate change on postharvest quality of perishables

- Laboratory based investigation of the sensory cues used by vector mosquitoes to locate host animals

- Dormancy and sprout control in root and tuber crops

- Investigations into the oviposition behaviour of Anopheles gambiae

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)


Students are assessed through their thesis and oral examination.

Career options

Postgraduate research students from NRI have a good record of finding employment within their specific technical discipline or in the field of international development.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/research/study/apply/application_process

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