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Virology Distance Learning

Course Description

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.

Visit the Virology Distance Learning page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

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International scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Am I eligible?Scholarships are available to outstanding international students applying for an undergraduate course, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees. International students studying on a distance learning course are not eligible to apply for international scholarships. A postgraduate scholarship application will be considered for both the LJMU Roscoe International Scholarship and the Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship.The closing date for LJMU scholarship applications is 5 June 2016

Value of Scholarship(s)



LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016.These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for undergraduate courses, taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.Bursaries will also be available for students enrolling on the six week English for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies course offered by the University’s International Study Centre.If you are an alumnus of LJMU you are entitled to a 15% fee reduction on our postgraduate programmes.

Application Procedure

1.Submit a current English Language Test Score as part of your LJMU course application (unless you are exempt under for example UK Visas and Immigration guidelines).
2.Complete an additional application form in order to be considered for International Scholarships. Scholarship applications will only be accepted after you have applied using an official course application form either via UCAS for undergraduate students or via our online application form.
3.Use your unique student LJMU applicant ID number for the scholarship application form, those forms without this ID will not be accepted.
4.Be sure to provide as much detail as you can about yourself, your ambitions for the future and what you hope to achieve while you are at LJMU. Include information about paid or voluntary work experience and how you plan to use your LJMU qualification and experience once you return home.
5.A panel will review your application and make a decision on whether you will be awarded this financial support.

Before applying for a scholarship you need to consider that these scholarships only offer full and partial discount on tuition fees. You will still need to self-finance the balance of your tuition fee (if applicable), your accommodation, daily living and travel costs while you are in the UK.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entrants should hold a relevant Biosciences degree (e.g. Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences etc.) of classification 2:2 or higher.Professional experience, publications, CPD activities and other suitable evidence of accomplishment will be taken into account, and the candidate may be interviewed by the Programme Leader.Industry experience: Please refer to Admissions HubIn addition, international students should hold IELTS English language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent

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