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.
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
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: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/journey/airborne-infectious-agents-allergens-msc.html
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.
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.