What will I learn?

Overview

Never before has this area of study been so publicised, with the importance of infection and its control so visible during the coronavirus pandemic, which has highlighted the need for scientists who can contribute to infectious disease research from an understanding of epidemiology, to public health measures and how the immune system responds to viruses and vaccines.

Our MSc programme will develop your understanding and skills within infectious disease, immunology, therapeutics and vaccines that connects with world class infection-related research and interfaces with clinical and global health issues.

You will be taught by internationally-renowned infection and health scientists and clinicians in practice, to provide in-depth scientific knowledge and you will receive training for research that can be applied to academic, commercial and healthcare settings. In addition, you will learn digital, programming and informatic skills that are of increasing importance for research and many employers.

Career prospects

Past graduates of the School of Life Sciences have continued their academic careers as research assistants or pursued further study leading to a PhD. Graduates have also developed careers in conservation or qualified to immediately go into industries. There is a demand currently for graduates with specialisations in science or computing to enter the teaching profession. Commercial sectors such as the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agriculture industries will be possible employers of graduates, especially with the anticipated increases in the use of next-generation sequencing and the corresponding data analysis that will be required.

The programme has a framework to enable you to improve skills in communication, statistics and critical evaluation in the context of infectious disease and immunology research. You will also develop skills in bioinformatics that are increasingly sought in many careers and education settings as well as leadership roles.

Which department am I in?

School of Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£22,000.00 (US$ 29,102) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Liverpool

The Foundation Building,

765 Brownlow Hill,

Liverpool,

L69 7ZX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students offering a Bachelor's degree from an American university are welcome to apply for a Masters programme. For most programmes we look for a GPA of at least 3.0. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Normally, at least a 2.1 Honours degree in a Biological Sciences subject or equivalent. Candidates must have a scientific background acceptable to the Programme Director. Candidates from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate an ability of English Language equivalent to IELTS 6.5. IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component). TOEFL iBT: 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading - 22, Speaking 23.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution, with more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • A dedicated support team for international students
  • One of the top 25 UK universities targeted by employers
  • Located in one of the UK’s most iconic cities

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