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Masters degrees in Parasitology involve advanced study of the transmission and control of parasitic diseases and their vectors (the organisms which carry disease). Some courses may also cover aspects of entomology (the scientific study of insects).
Popular postgraduate specialisms include Pathogen Biology, Vector Biology and Medical Entomology. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant Biological Science subject.
Parasites can cause major implications for many aspects of everyday life, from ill health in animals and humans, to destroying valuable crops and agricultural produce. By monitoring and controlling parasites, Parasitologists can ensure the security of our food through the development of pesticides, improve the efficiency of our medications, and prevent the spread of disease.
Through techniques such as bioimaging and bioinformatics, you will explore the molecular aspects of parasite/vector relationships, analysing their chemical compounds and biological processes. You will also examine immune responses triggered through host-pathogen relationships, undertaking laboratory research to formulate solutions to issues such as antibiotic-resistant parasites and diseases.
Traditional careers follow routes in industry such as agriculture and pharmaceuticals, but many others take on careers in foreign aid, public policy, or undertake ongoing research through PhD study.
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The taught Infection Biology MSc will help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria, viruses and parasites cause disease in humans and in domesticated animals, and the immune responses generated by these hosts to such pathogens. Read more
This course provides core training in the theoretical and practical aspects of medical parasitology, covering the protozoan and metazoan parasites of humans and the vectors which transmit them. Read more
This 1 year course leads to an internationally recognised MRes qualification that provides training in transferable skills essential for those wishing to pursue post-graduate PhD, commercial or industrial research opportunities. Read more
This is a multidisciplinary programme that bridges the fields of epidemiology, laboratory sciences and public health. It includes a strong practical component and the opportunity to undertake a research project overseas. Read more
This course provides comprehensive knowledge and practical training in the spread of microorganisms (predominantly bacterial and viral pathogens), disease causation and diagnosis and treatment of pathogens significant to public health. Read more
Researchers in the School of Biological Sciences conduct cutting-edge research across a broad range of biological disciplines. genomics, biotechnology, cell biology, sensory biology, animal behaviour and evolution, population biology, host-disease interactions and ecosystem services, to name but a few. Read more
The MSc in Infectious Diseases has been designed for students who wish to gain an advanced education and training in the biological sciences, within the context of a range of human diseases that affect a significant proportion of the global population. Read more
Our understanding of modern molecular biology and genetics, and it’s application in medical research, has led to huge advances in the diagnosis, prognosis and development of clinical treatments of human diseases. Read more
This new three-year, part-time, online postgraduate programme leads to the degree of Masters of Science in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CMID). Read more
The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest providers of online postgraduate programmes in the UK’s Russell Group
Choose from a range of medical laboratory science and social science courses which cover all areas of public and population health, epidemiology and infectious diseases.