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Discipline: Veterinary Microbiology
Categories: Master Courses
Location: Guildford, Surrey
MSc Veterinary Microbiology*
*subject to validation
This novel programme will provide you with an in-depth understanding of veterinary infectious diseases and their impact on man.
Diseases have no boundaries and can be transmitted by many mechanisms. In the UK, incursions of foot-and-mouth disease, blue tongue, avian and swine flu and the continued issues of endemic and zoonotic diseases such as bovine tuberculosis and E. coli O157 have major political, economic and social impact. Worldwide there are many other issues such as brucellosis in the Mediterranean rim, the Middle and Far East, rabies in Africa, the Indian sub-continent and South America and many other diseases causing devastating issues in the developing world.
The course will provide you with an excellent grounding in molecular biology, immunology and microbiology relevant to the study of veterinary microbiology. This will lead onto the study of the complex mechanisms of host/microbe interactions that are involved in the pathogenesis of specific animal diseases. This will provide insights into diagnosis and interventions such as vaccines essential for disease control.
As well as taught components, our programme provides students with unique specialist practical training in the diagnosis of important viral and bacterial diseases of global importance. These practical elements will be delivered during placements at nearby prestigious partner institutes, the Institute for Animal Health (IAH) and the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA). Further research training will be provided by undertaking a practical research project within the Faculty or one of the partner institutes.
Why study Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Surrey?
• The programme is unique in being run jointly with local world-leading veterinary research institutes, the AHVLA and IAH. It also gives you the unique opportunity to undertake practical training and a research project within these laboratories.
• The programme covers both endemic and exotic animal diseases, many of the teaching being provided by experts from the AHVLA and the IAH that host WHO and OIE reference laboratories.
• You will be provided with 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 to 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 5 years).
• 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.
• The programme is run within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, which was rated as one of the top research faculties in the country by the latest Research Assessment Exercise.
• Staff associated with the programme have research expertise in the fields of microbial physiology and biochemistry, molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, food microbiology, immunology, toxicology, nutrition, veterinary microbiology, pathology and epidemiology.
Applicants should normally possess at least a second class 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
Candidates for whom English is not their first language will normally be required to have IELTS 7.0 or above (or equivalent).
Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.