Offered by Liverpool John Moores University, this online distance learning Masters-level course in Virology is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science.
•Complete this Masters degree part time, via distance learning, in three to five years •Considered the country’s only online distance learning MSc in Virology, this programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science •Follow the course from anywhere in the world and work as you study part time over three years •Enjoy a supportive learning environment and personal tutor system •Qualify for Chartered Scientist (CSci) status (other criteria apply)
With learning material developed by practicing virologists working at the forefront of UK diagnostic virology, the online curriculum for this course is regularly updated to reflect the dynamic nature of the subject.
All learning materials are delivered by Blackboard, LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment. You will also have access to an extensive database of e-journals and e-books to extend your reading.
The programme has good IT support and you can communicate with fellow students via Blackboard discussion boards, ensuring a sense of community which is often lacking from distance learning courses.
As a UK home student or an international student you will be allocated a tutor, usually a practicing virologist, who will provide support principally by email and there will also be some online tutorial sessions.
The role of the tutor is at the heart of the MSc Virology programme. Your tutor will give general advice about assignments and answering exam questions and point you in the direction of recent publications. You will also receive support from the programme manager, module leaders and programme administrator and will be appointed a specialist supervisor for your final year project/dissertation.
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Principles of Virology Introduces the study of viruses and the fundamental principles of immunology. It enables you to understand the principles of diagnosis of viral infections. Understanding and controlling viral infections Provides an understanding of epidemiology as related to viral disease and the principles of controlling viral infections. It also introduces the role of viruses in cancer. Viral zoonoses Develops an understanding of viruses transmitted by insect or mammalian vectors and evaluates the problems of controlling these infections. Research methods for virology Develops and embeds a critical and rigorous approach to the research process. Viral infections of the respiratory and alimentary tracts Introduces the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the above tracts. It provides current knowledge of viruses causing disease in these tracts, along with an appreciation of the epidemiology, diagnosis and control of these infections. Viral infections of pregnancy and childhood Introduces the physiology of pregnancy and changes to the immune system. It provides current knowledge on viruses causing infection to the mother, foetus and young children, and evaluates the effects of these infections. Blood-borne viral infections and sexually transmitted infections Introduces viruses transmitted by bodily fluids and the potential long term effects on individuals, their partners and children. It enables you to understand the laboratory and symptomatic diagnosis of these infections. The following options are typically offered:
Research project Comprises an independent in-depth laboratory research study of an aspect of virology. Dissertation Comprises an independent in-depth research study of an aspect of virology, researched by a critical review of the literature.