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.
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.
This module introduces students to the major groups of veterinary pathogens and provides a basic understanding of how to culture and classify them. Coverage will be extensive in order to cover farmed, exotic and wild animals. In this module you will also learn how disease status may be determined and how to analyse data (such as research data or outbreak data) using statistical methods. Basic veterinary immunology and vaccine development will also be covered.
This module first covers the basics of molecular biology and microbial genetics, with examples of the application of molecular biology to diagnosis. It will then progress to the detailed study of gene function and regulation particularly relevant to survival, transmission, host adaptation and pathogenesis. This will be underpinned by discussing how new approaches such as next-generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and systems biology provide new insights into the disease process and aid in the diagnosis and advancement of veterinary microbiology research.
This module will provide you with a deep understanding of the molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases of animals, with a particular focus on food-borne pathogens and veterinary public health.
The following modules will include aspects of the diagnosis, epidemiology, immune response and mechanisms of pathogenesis.
This module will provide an in-depth coverage of the important non-vector transmitted pathogens that infect animals, such as FMDV and Mycoplasma.
This module will provide an in-depth coverage of the important vector-transmitted pathogens that infect animals, such as Blue tongue virus and Leishmania.
This module will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of important pathogens of the gastrointestinal tract of animals (mainly livestock), such as E. coli, Clostridia, Brachyspira, Parvovirus, BVDV, nematodes and others.
This module will consider a number of important pathogens of the respiratory tract of animals (mainly livestock), such as Pasteurella, Streptococcus, Actinobacillus, influenza, corona virus and others. Lectures and self-directed learning will result in you gaining expertise in all aspects of disease mechanisms, diagnosis and control.
This module will provide you with a deep understanding of important pathogens implicated in multi-systemic and reproductive diseases of animals (mainly livestock), such as Leptospira, Contagious Equine Metritis, Brucella, Schmallenberg, PMWS and CSF.
This module will provide you with a deep understanding of important pathogens implicated in CNS and skin diseases of animals, such as Listeria, Staphylococcus, Echinococcus, West Nile and others. Bee and fish diseases will also be covered.
Our programme provides you with 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). During two week-long placements you will familiarise yourself with a range of diagnostic techniques, including culture, ELISA-based assays, PCR and molecular/forensic microbiology methods for outbreak studies (for example, next-generation sequencing, PFGE and DGGE). These study visits will provide you with detailed knowledge of the role of reference laboratories in the context of global animal health. There will also be an opportunity to visit Public Health England (PHE) to gain a detailed knowledge of how zoonotic diseases outbreaks are investigated. Visits to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), a livestock abattoir and an intensive livestock farm will also form part of this module.
All students will undertake a novel research project and submit a dissertation. This project can be carried out in the University research laboratories or at the APHA or the PI. This will provide you with an excellent training in state-of-the-art veterinary microbiology research techniques and data analysis.
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.
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.
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.
You may take up to three modules as standalone courses before registering retrospectively for the MSc and counting the accumulated credits towards your degree.
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IELTS min overall 7.0
IELTS min by component 6.5
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
|Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|Part-time||Sep 2015||£600 per taught module, £2,300 per practical module, £1,200 per research project.||£1,200 per taught module, £4,600 per practical module, £2,300 per research module.|
Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
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