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The objectives of this course are to equip those intending to pursue a career in academic or industrial research with the required knowledge and skills, and to provide a solid foundation for those who aim to go on to study at PhD level.
During the course you will develop an in-depth understanding of the structure and function of viruses and the processes of viral infection and viral diseases at the molecular level.
The course also provides training in laboratory and research skills in a supportive learning environment.
Two parts of the course:
The course is comprised of two parts, a taught component, which is given over the first two terms (approximately 5 months) and a full-time laboratory based research project (7 months) which is carried out over the remainder of the session. The taught component is comprised of lectures, laboratory practical’s, tutorials and student presentations and covers the most important aspects of viruses and viral diseases under the 6 topic headings.
Testing of the knowledge acquired is through a combination of written examinations, assessed coursework in the form of laboratory write-ups and essays (Element 2), and the individual research project dissertation and viva (Element 2).
Introductory Core Lecture Programme
Virus Architecture and Virus Interactions with Cells
Virus Genomes, Gene Expression and Replication
Host Responses to Virus Infection
Diagnosis, Vaccines and Therapies
Epidemiology, Transmission and Evolution of Viruses