Programme Objectives

Students should achieve an in-depth understanding of:

  • The responses of the host cells and organisms to virus infections.
  • The role of animal viruses in the causation of acute and chronic diseases and cancer.
  • The different strategies for the regulation of virus gene expression, genome replication and virion assembly.
  • The molecular processes involved in the infection of cells by viruses.
  • Current techniques for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human viral diseases.
  • Mechanisms for the transmission, evolution and emergence of viruses.

This MSc programme offers an integrated approach to the understanding of the nature of viruses and their role in disease pathogenesis, with an emphasis on the understanding of these processes at the molecular level.


The students should become proficient in:

  • A wide range of scientific research techniques
  • The critical analysis of research data
  • Writing scientific reports and reviews
  • Giving oral presentations
  • Completing a research project and writing a detailed report on their findings

The programme aims to:

  • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in academic or industrial research
  • Provide a solid foundation for those who intend to go on to study for a PhD
  • Develop understanding of processes at the molecular level
  • Provide a training in laboratory and research skills
  • Provide a supportive learning environment
  • Attract highly motivated students, both from within the UK and from overseas
  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of vocational training