Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Global Infectious Diseases

Global infectious diseases are rarely out of the news, as new communicable diseases - Ebola, Zika, bird flu - along with some old familiar ones - tuberculosis (TB), cholera, HIV, malaria - raise concerns about outbreaks and global pandemics. In our ever-changing, rapidly globalising world, the free movement of people and goods, social change, urbanisation and environmental degradation mean that microorganisms can move quickly between and across populations, crossing natural and human-made borders with ease. A communicable disease that develops in one country has the potential for global impact. On top of this, microorganisms are constantly adapting and developing resistance to existing antibiotic and other treatments, leading to the resurgence of old diseases and the evolution of new ones. In response, new and improved treatments are constantly required to combat parasitic, bacterial and viral infections. These pathogens have the potential to adversely affect the health of millions of people and they challenge scientists, particularly in the field of microbiology, to respond swiftly and preemptively. This course is ideal if you have an undergraduate degree in a relevant scientific subject. It is research-focused and will help you develop the research skills and subject-specific, laboratory-based expertise you need to develop an academic or professional career as a researcher into global infectious diseases. In addition to your own laboratory work, you will attend group laboratory meetings and seminars, to deepen your theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and contextualise your research. You will also undertake an original, independent research project and dissertation.

Entry requirements

Master of Research - MRes: Minimum second-class honours degree in a relevant science discipline.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Take-home examinations, 1-hour unseen examinations, essays, dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
Master of Research - MRes Part-time October 2019 9,450 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Telephone number: 
02070790798