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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

  • Course Type

    MRes

  • Course Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £4725 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £9450 pa
    Part-time international students: £7600 pa
    Full-time international students: £15200 pa

  • Last Updated

    23 August 2019

Global infectious diseases are rarely out of the news, as new communicable diseases - Ebola, Zika, bird flu - along with some old familiar ones - tuberculosis (TB), cholera, HIV, malaria - raise concerns about outbreaks and global pandemics. In our ever-changing, rapidly globalising world, the free movement of people and goods, social change, urbanisation and environmental degradation mean that microorganisms can move quickly between and across populations, crossing natural and human-made borders with ease. A communicable disease that develops in one country has the potential for global impact. On top of this, microorganisms are constantly adapting and developing resistance to existing antibiotic and other treatments, leading to the resurgence of old diseases and the evolution of new ones. 

In response, new and improved treatments are constantly required to combat parasitic, bacterial and viral infections. These pathogens have the potential to adversely affect the health of millions of people and they challenge scientists, particularly in the field of microbiology, to respond swiftly and preemptively. 

This course is ideal if you have an undergraduate degree in a relevant scientific subject. It is research-focused and will help you develop the research skills and subject-specific, laboratory-based expertise you need to develop an academic or professional career as a researcher into global infectious diseases.

In addition to your own laboratory work, you will attend group laboratory meetings and seminars, to deepen your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and contextualise your research. You will also undertake an original, independent research project and dissertation. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Department of Biological Sciences is part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), a joint initiative with University College London.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • You will join an existing research group under the guidance of a research supervisor.

Visit the Global Infectious Diseases (MRes) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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