Masters Certificate of Professional Development in Principles of Virology
Level 7, 20 credits
- To introduce students to the study of virus systematics and virus-host relationships
- To provide students with the fundamental principles of immunology as related to virology
- To extend knowledge and appreciation of the scientific principles used in the diagnosis of viral infections and related diseases
The module is delivered in semester one of the academic year which runs from September to December.
The module is assessed through one written assignment (40%) and a module examination (60%).
You will undertake the module through distance learning, using the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
- Classification and nomenclature of viruses
- RNA and DNA virus replication
- Viral structure and assembly
- Viral transmission, barriers to transmission and incubation periods
- Acute and chronic viral infections, persistence and latency, virulence, morbidity and mortality
- Viral survival mechanisms including mutation, shift and drift and genome rearrangement
- Zoonoses, epizootics and nosocomial infections
- Components of innate and adaptive immune systems, with emphasis on roles of antibodies and cell-mediated immunity in viral clearance and recovery from viral infections
- Mechanisms of viral infections and immunopathology
- The consequences of immunodeficiency and autoimmunity in relation to viral infections with emphasis on the immunocompromised host
- Passive and active vaccination
- Immune responses to viral infections of the central nervous system
£640 (£32 per credit)
All applicants normally require a relevant BSc degree in a Biological Sciences subject with at least a lower second (2:2) award. We also consider non-standard qualifications supported by relevant experience.
How to apply
Please apply using the postgraduate online application form
Accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
Faculty Admissions Team
James Parsons Building
Telephone: 0151 231 2888
Dr Anne Humphreys, Programme Manager
Telephone: 0151 231 2205
Janet Jackson, Programme Administrator
Telephone: 0151 231 2524
This Continuing Professional Development programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS)
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.