This novel programme is run in partnership with local world-leading veterinary research institutes the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Pirbright Institute.
Our MSc Veterinary Microbiology programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of veterinary infectious diseases and their associated impact on man. As well as taught components, it offers specialist practical training in the diagnosis of important viral and bacterial diseases of global importance.
Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/veterinary-microbiology
On this programme, you will acquire an excellent grounding in molecular biology, immunology and microbiology relevant to the study of veterinary microbiology. This will lead on to the study of the complex mechanisms of host/microbe interactions that are involved in the pathogenesis of specific animal diseases, and will provide insights into diagnosis and interventions, such as vaccines, essential for disease control.
The MSc has been designed to increase your understanding and development of critical and analytical skills, such that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions.
You will have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the diagnosis of important veterinary diseases within the world reference laboratories of the APHA and Pirbright Institute (PI). There will also be an opportunity to visit Public Health England (PHE) to gain a detailed knowledge of how zoonotic diseases outbreaks are investigated, and to visit the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), a livestock abattoir and an intensive livestock farm. Colleagues from the CEFAS laboratory will also contribute to the programme, and further research training will be provided during your practical research project.
This is a full or part-time programme, intended mainly for graduates, those already working in veterinary diagnostic/research laboratories and staff from other laboratories who want to enhance their understanding of the role of microorganisms in animal health and disease. Pharmaceutical research personnel, policymakers, veterinarians, public health personnel and environmental biologists will also benefit.
The programme consists of nine taught modules totalling 135 credits, practical modules (split over two/three weeks) worth 15 credits, and a research project worth 30 credits.
Most modules are offered as standalone short courses. The fee structure for short courses is different to that for registered students, and details may be obtained via admissions enquiries, please refer to the contact details on this page.
- Part-time study
The option to study the MSc on a part-time basis is only available following successful completion of three modules as stand-alone/CPD. Please contact the Faculty Student Services Team for further information: [email protected]
• Microbiology and Veterinary Immunology
• Microbial Genetics
• Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
• Transmission and Control of Infectious Diseases of Animals (Non-Vector)
• Transmission and Control of Infectious Diseases of Animals (Vector)
• Infectious Diseases of Animals (Practical Session PI/APHA/Public Health England)/ Veterinary Medicines Directorate)
• Diseases of Animal Systems: Gastro-intestinal Diseases of Animals
• Diseases of Animal Systems: Respiratory Diseases of Animals
• Diseases of Animal Systems: Multi-systemic Diseases of Animals
• Diseases of Animal Systems: CNS and Skin Diseases of Animals
• Veterinary Microbiology Research Project
Teaching and assessment
Each taught module will be assessed by examination and/or coursework. This may take the form of essays, data manipulation and analysis, practical reports, presentations, multiple choice questions or literature searches.
The programme leads to the award of Master of Science. It will provide advanced training in veterinary microbiology for those working in veterinary research, veterinary medicine, disease control, veterinary public health, all branches of microbiology and environmental health. The programme has been designed to increase your understanding and development of critical and analytical skills, such that you may identify problems, formulate hypotheses, design experiments, acquire and interpret data, and draw conclusions. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have a greater depth of knowledge of animal infectious diseases and research skills.
Why study Veterinary Microbiology?
- The programme is unique in being run jointly with local world-leading veterinary research institutes the APHA and the PI. It also provides you with the unique opportunity to undertake practical training and a research project within these laboratories
- The programme covers both endemic and exotic animal diseases, with much of the teaching by experts from the APHA and the PI which host WHO and OIE reference laboratories
- You will gain a broad appreciation of subjects such as biological and pathogenic properties of microorganisms, their role in health and disease of animals (and indirectly humans), the response of the host to infection, and the scientific basis for the detection, control and anti-microbial treatment of infectious diseases
- You will learn about the latest advances in research that are contributing to our understanding of animal health and disease
- You will be uniquely positioned as a veterinary microbiologist to contribute to a number of scientific disciplines including animal, human and environmental health issues
- You will acquire knowledge that provides a global perspective on animal and zoonotic diseases and gain unique insights into how to control diseases that have social, economic and political impact
- The programme offers flexibility in the method of study, allowing you to meet personal and professional commitments. You may choose to undertake the whole MSc at once or build up modules over time (up to five years)
- You will benefit from the facilities at the University’s new School of Veterinary Medicine, which opened in October 2015
- The University of Surrey
has a long tradition as an international university and you will have access to all the facilities that such an institution can provide
Academic staff associated with the programme have research expertise in the fields of microbial physiology and biochemistry, molecular biology, virology, mycology, parasitology, bacteriology, food microbiology, immunology, toxicology, nutrition, veterinary microbiology, pathology and epidemiology.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate
Applicants should normally possess at least a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject (biosciences) or a degree in medicine or veterinary medicine. However, relevant research experience may also be considered. Selection will be based upon the candidate’s application, references and an informal interview. In special circumstances, a student may be set work for assessment before being offered a place on the programme.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 7.0-IELTS minimum by component: 6.5