This MRes is focused on a year-long research project with members of the Ecology, Evolution and Genomics of Infectious Disease group.
We combine ecological and evolutionary approaches to the understanding of infectious disease, from both fundamental and applied perspectives. Working on a wide-range of disease systems, including wildlife infections, reproductive parasites of insects, and human microbial pathogens, we employ a diversity of approaches: theory, controlled experiments, genomic analyses and fieldwork. Our core research interests are:
Wildlife disease dynamics: Co-infection (hosts are infected with more than one parasite): Host-parasite coevolution: Parasite genomics – (modern genomic approaches for testing evolutionary hypotheses in medically and veterinary important parasites).
We are based at the Institute of Integrative Biology, Liverpool and maintain strong links with other institutes across the University including the Institute of Infection and Global Health, the National Centre for Zoonosis Research and the School of Tropical Medicine.
You can find out more information about our research group here: https://sites.google.com/site/liveegid/
Our Masters in Research is focused on a year-long research project (worth 120 credits), based in one of our research groups.
The MRes also includes taught modules which provide formal research training. Here students take 4 (15 credit) modules in subjects such as Research Methods, Informatics and Biostatistics.
The taught modules typically run in the first term; there is then a strong focus on the research project from January to September.
The overall programme is then 180 credits, the project is 120 credits and the taught modules take up 60 credits.
IIB - Our research institute
Within the Institute of Integrative Biology, our MRes programme includes very diverse research areas, from molecular and biomedical research through to evolutionary and ecological work. We focus on integrating and applying modern methods and approaches across the life sciences: and you can find out about the Institute of Integrative Biology here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/integrative-biology/
Note: for 2015 entry we have no additional bench fee; hence the cost is just the standard University fee.
Applications can be made here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/
You should apply for the MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences and indicate in your application that you would like to join the Host-Parasite Biology strand, preferably indicating preferred research groups you would like to join or members of staff you would like to do your project with.
The tuition fee for Home/EU students for 2016/17 is £4,121. For International Students it is £18,000. In addition to this we charge an additional Research Support Fee of £1,000 for laboratory projects and £500 for computer based projects.
Admission onto the programme requires a BSc 2.1 or above (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant bioscience degree; students with 2:2 qualifications may be considered, please contact the Programme Director for information. For non-native English speakers an IELTS of 6.5 or higher is required.
The tuition fee for Home/EU students for 2016/17 is £4,121. For International Students it is £18,000.