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.